I was looking for one of these recently to marry up with my Harmony remote control to ensure my TV, amp ect all turned off standby at the touch of a button. I've twice tried to order these through British Gas, but have never received one. Don't vote cold because you can get these free through British Gas Energy Efficiency Scheme because not everyone qualifies (or ever sees them after ordering!)
Normally they're about £20, but I found one in Tesco today at half price, £10.99, which is a really good price for these. It was clearly marked on a shelf barker (but I couldn't be bothered to take a photo).
Essentially they're a 6 gang extension socket that can be turned on or off using an existing IR remote control. For a lazy person like myself, they save a trip to plug socket! They are a genuine green product too. I didn't notice whether they had the USB version.
Blurb below - this is my first deal post, but I don't care if you're not kind ;)http://www.standby-saver.co.uk/product_details
"Did you know? In the UK alone the running costs of standby power for TVS, VCRs, DVDs and Hi-Fis is over £572m per year and produces 3.1 million tonnes of C02 emissions!"
The unique Standby Saver cuts 100% of the standby power to any appliance plugged into it.
Standby Saver is a 6-way energy saving extension socket, which allows the user to 'switch off' and eliminate standby power consumption, for up to six appliances.
Standby Saver is available in two versions: the IR version for use with TV, DVD, VCR, amplifiers and games consoles etc. and the USB version for use with PCs, laptops and associated peripherals.
Infra red version
Simply set up in seconds. The Infra red version operates by learning command signals from any existing remote control that you may currently use. Once Standby Saver has learnt the command from your remote control you are ready to start eliminating your entire standby power consumption."