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Published on November 10th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz


TrickleStar Says it Will Slash Your Electricity Bill by 12 Percent

November 10th, 2008 by  


Last week we took a look at Harriet Carter’s energy-saving outlet switch. Now a company called TrickleStar claims it has a different solution for conserving electricity: the PC Standby Power Saver. TrickleStar’s device connects to your computer via USB on one end and connects to a power strip on the other end. When the computer is turned off, the device cuts off power to peripherals plugged into the strip. The device turns the peripherals back on when the computer is booted up.

TrickleStar says its device can slash your electric bill by as much as 12 percent, but there is no concrete evidence to back up the claim. And many people—including myself— leave their computers in standby mode, rendering the Power Saver useless.

If you want to put TrickleStar’s lofty claims to the test, the Power Saver will be available in January 2009.

Photo Credit: TrickleStar 
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