Ecotech Standby Saver (IR) - Half price @ Tesco - £10.99 - Instore Only - HotUKDeals
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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 ;)

"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."
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Does have an idea how much power household goods consume when in standy mode? A 42" LCD TV for example?

I have plenty of electronics & this might be really beneficial.....but if it's only going to save me 10pence a year then I won't bother.
#2 do realise, that this device will consume power, whenever it is plugged in don't you?
i got one of these through british gas frebbie, it played havoc with my tv/sky/dvd, the i.r. was flashing when i turned sky over, turning off tv, still use it but only as an extension!
Does have an idea how much power household goods consume when in standy mode? A 42" LCD TV for example?

I have plenty of electronics & this might be really beneficial.....but if it's only going to save me 10pence a year then I won't bother.

Depends on what model/make.

Typically when it isn't doing anything <10w. If it does what my samsung does, which is check for updates every 30 minutes, then expect <30w during the time it flicks on to check then back down.

I would give more accurate results, but my maplin wall meter has failed. :(

Yes I had fun plugging everything into it. :whistling:
I had on of these from british gas, it was unreliable and very very slow to turn itself on as required, and very slow or unresponsive to turn off, the light would often keep flashing for no reason

I ebayed it and bought an extension with individual switches on it
I got the fribee from NOTW and it works well .Don't have to get out of bed to switch off at night
11 quid too much OP, sorry
cold deal
Mine's been ok so far, but have only just got it.
Only went for it after reading some favourable stuff on AVForums - there are surprisingly few IR solutions of this ilk which is important if you have a universal remote like a Harmony.

Edit - also, assuming you leave stuff on standby (TV, amp, PS3 etc) and this works for you, you'll certainly save money on your electricity bill. Otherwise they wouldn't qualify as an OFGEM Energy Efficiency measure (why BG give them away)
got one of these for about £2 in currys last week.
These are being reduced in Tesco's again but my store has them for 16.50... If it works its worth it to stop my flat mate leaving everything on in their room 24/7

Edited By: Nexus30 on Jan 18, 2011 18:25

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