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New CUB Video: How a smart power strip takes the bite out of vampire power

Go into your TV room and take a look at your entertainment system, with its Octopus-like tangle of wires and digital displays. The DVD player and sound system may be silent, but they’re costing you money.

In fact this “vampire power,” from electronics and appliances that are plugged in but not being used, can cost households up to $100 a year!

A smart power strip can take away this vampire’s teeth by cutting off power to certain devices when they’re not being used. But a smart strip–with multiple, color-coded outlets–may appear as complicated and intimidating as your remote control.

It’s not.

CUB’s new video shows you the perfect use for a smart power strip: A TV entertainment system, complete with cable box, sound system, DVD player and video game consul.