We don’t mean vampires and their demonic sorcery, as the title refers to the insidious drain appliances have on household power supply even when they’re turned off. Hence ‘vampire power.’ They just suck and suck in the darkness, adding to your electric bill.
There have been plugs no different from the OnPlug before, but none of them are as cheap. At just $11 the OnPlug works by being plugged somewhere and when not in use, flick the switch so the extension doesn’t continue to drain (even a minute amount of) power.
Of course, it would be natural to suspect that the OnPlug’s sole feature is a marketing gimmick given the fact that all appliances tend to use electricity even when they’re ‘off.’ OnPlug, however, really is the exception and is engineered that way. While it’s always best to just unplug appliances and extensions that won’t be in use for a long time, though OnPlug rep Gary Hefferman provides this crucial bit of insight.
“Many of us do not want the bother or the hassle of unplugging. The elderly find unplugging physically demanding. Sometimes outlets are located in an inconvenient place where bending over to touch off a switch would be easier.”
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