Recently while perusing Target’s aisles I cam across a Remote Control surge strip by Practecol. It claims that you will save $84/year by turning off devices that use a lot of standby power such as TVs, computers and home entertainment setups. I tossed it into my cart for the tune of $19.99.
I took the pieces out of the box and began setting things up.
I decided to plug my wireless router and modem into the two outlets that would always be on and the computer, computer monitor and speakers into three of the outlets that are controlled by the remote. My current power strip is hidden behind the computer tower:
When I’m finished on the computer I simply power down and then press the OFF button on the remote control. This turns off the monitor, computer and speakers while keeping the modem and router turned on.
Works like a charm.