Phantom load, or stand by power, is a huge problem, or a huge untapped resource depending on how you look at it. According to Wikipedia: “It’s the electric power consumed by electronic appliances while they are switched off or in a standby mode”. And it’s not insignificant. Studies have suggested that the total phantom load of the United States could provide enough power to handle the electric needs of Vietnam, Peru, and Greece.

With all that in mind, the Remote Controlled Socket makes a lot of sense. Instead of stooping down, or reaching behind furniture to turn off power strips and unplug electronics, you just press a button on a tiny remote and the phantom load is gone.

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