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Surge Protectors Save Electricity

Put all your electronics on a surge protector. All your little (and big) electronics suck energy constantly, even when they are powered "off". They are made this way to provide instant on capability in a nanosecond, and also to power their little red, green or blue "resting" lights. This is the ghost energy appliances use, something that electronics manuals don't really talk about.

Ghost energy sucks a big chunk out of your electric bill every month. A little bit each day adds up over the years. This is electricity that is always draining away - always sipping away at your money. You can easily put a stop to that right now.

It's not really feasible to manually unplug everything from the wall if you have a lot of electronics, but hitting the Off switch on a multi-plug surge protector is super easy. Switch - DONE!

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Amazon sells both lightweight and heavy duty power strip surge protectors. For example, look at the differences between the 6-Outlet Surge Protector (720 Joules) and Surge Protector/Suppressor 8-outlet (3240 Joules). Remember that you want ones with easy ON/OFF switches right on the face plate.

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