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Electrical socket concept forcibly ejects plugs of inactive appliances and devices
Tecca via Yahoo! ^ | Mariella Moon

Posted on 01/04/2012 5:03:08 AM PST by DemforBush

Unplugging each and every appliance and device not in use can be a pain, but it's something you must do if you don't want to pay for standby power — or the energy consumed by electronics while they're switched off. Right now you can use a power strip to make unplugging easier, but if PumPing Tap's designers ever bring their product to market, you don't have to worry about unplugging at all...

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: popout; socket
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Am I the only one whose initial reaction to this concept is one of complete irritation?
1 posted on 01/04/2012 5:03:12 AM PST by DemforBush
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To: DemforBush

P.S. Admins - the original article comes from Tecca. If there’s any issues with posting from that site, please delete and I’ll take note for the future.


2 posted on 01/04/2012 5:03:49 AM PST by DemforBush (May I have 10,000 marbles, please?)
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To: DemforBush

Instead of unplugging it why the heck don’t they just turn off then outlet. That way when you need the device again you don’t have to plug it in.

Pretty stupid


3 posted on 01/04/2012 5:06:10 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: DemforBush

Why in the world would you eject the plug rather than just turning off the power?


4 posted on 01/04/2012 5:06:50 AM PST by Malsua
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To: DemforBush

How stupit..just have the outlet turn itself off


5 posted on 01/04/2012 5:07:39 AM PST by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: DemforBush

The greenies have a woodie about this idea.


6 posted on 01/04/2012 5:07:56 AM PST by hadaclueonce (scrap copper is more than $3.00 a pound. wind generators are full of copper)
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To: DemforBush

There are brilliant inventions.

And there are what-U-been-smoking totally retarded ones.

This one sure fits the pattern...

I imagine the patent examiner is STILL laughin his ass off!


7 posted on 01/04/2012 5:09:12 AM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: DemforBush

Am I the only one whose initial reaction to this concept is one of complete irritation?


There are at least two of us irritated. Wait until congress and the EPA get wind of this one and they will ban the present receptacle design (incandescent bulb thinking).


8 posted on 01/04/2012 5:11:30 AM PST by bytesmith
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To: DemforBush
if you don't want to pay for standby power — or the energy consumed by electronics while they're switched off.

Which in the grand scheme of things, ain't gonna cost you that much.

If it's made by man, it will eventually break. When the spring starts sticking the outlet is going to have to be replaced and if you don't have the knowledge to replace it yourself, you're gonna need to hire someone to do it for you and so what's that gonna cost?

No thanks, if I want something unplugged I'll do it myself...........

9 posted on 01/04/2012 5:11:45 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (If only the democrats could fragment their party like conservatives are doing.......)
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To: DemforBush

No, I’m not going to allow democrat wall outlets into my house.


10 posted on 01/04/2012 5:13:36 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: DemforBush

If an appliance is turned off, HOW can it be consuming electricity?


11 posted on 01/04/2012 5:17:03 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: DemforBush

Just wait ‘till some genius in Congress discovers this, and writes its mandate into some mult-thousand page bill that no one will ever read until the outlet inspectors come knocking on your door.


12 posted on 01/04/2012 5:17:13 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: DemforBush

Yes, that is a stupid idea. But, I have an Uncle who believes that you don’t leave an unused extension cord plugged into an outlet because the electricity will run out the end of it. Duh!


13 posted on 01/04/2012 5:18:49 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: DemforBush

So if I don’t watch the TV/DVD for a while, I have to move the entertainment center to plug it back in???

KMA


14 posted on 01/04/2012 5:18:49 AM PST by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: DemforBush

No, you’re not alone.


15 posted on 01/04/2012 5:22:45 AM PST by Yankee (ANNOY THE RNC AND THE MEDIA: NOMINATE NEWT GINGRICH!)
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To: SumProVita

Actually, with modern stuff, that’s true. Consider your TV with its remote. For you to be able to turn it on with the remote, the circuitry which does that is always running, waiting for you to push the button on the remote. The TV is using much less power than it would when the screen is lit up, but it’s still using power.

The same applies to computers, printers, monitors, microwave ovens, etc. etc. etc.


16 posted on 01/04/2012 5:23:21 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: SumProVita

>>If an appliance is turned off, HOW can it be consuming electricity?<<

Because most modern appliances aren’t “off” when turned “off.” Almost every appliance/device keeps a tiny charge going for “instant on” (not having to warm up).

How do you think your TV can respond to the remote control? It is on, just asleep.


17 posted on 01/04/2012 5:23:31 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: DemforBush

I have been angry since low flush toilets.


18 posted on 01/04/2012 5:24:18 AM PST by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: SumProVita
If an appliance is turned off, HOW can it be consuming electricity?

Many devices (mostly electronics) have an "instant-on" feature that consumes small amounts of electricity even after you've turned it off. Remember how TV sets used to have to "warm up" after turning them on?

Usually, you can turn off the instant-on feature, but most people don't bother. I think the British have the right solution -- each outlet has an on/off switch.

19 posted on 01/04/2012 5:25:40 AM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: DemforBush

Nope. Not the only one.


20 posted on 01/04/2012 5:25:54 AM PST by SuzyQue
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To: chris37
No, I’m not going to allow democrat totalitarian wall outlets into my house.

There, a freebie !
I just saved you enough money on editing to afford leaving all your appliances plugged in and their little LEDs glowing merrily away for 5 yrs !

21 posted on 01/04/2012 5:25:54 AM PST by tomkat (para bellum)
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To: DemforBush

Obviously these devices that are turned off are still drawing a small amount of power. So what if you plug in an LED night light? Do you find it laying on the floor the next morning?


22 posted on 01/04/2012 5:28:39 AM PST by MulberryDraw (Anyone see the democrat budget yet?)
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To: FrogMom
KMA

I like your attitude    

23 posted on 01/04/2012 5:28:46 AM PST by tomkat (para bellum)
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To: Fresh Wind

If someone uses this gadget, he/she will spend his/her life thinking the current time is flashing 12:00.


24 posted on 01/04/2012 5:28:50 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: DemforBush

Sure it would be incredibly irritating, but this technology could save each of us nickels over the course of a decade.


25 posted on 01/04/2012 5:31:17 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: bmwcyle

>> I have been angry since low flush toilets.

Don’t you mean “double flush toilets”? :-)

And double seems to be a minimum. I have “dropped democrats off at the pool” that took THREE flushes to clear!


26 posted on 01/04/2012 5:32:01 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: freedumb2003

LOL! Simple solution-we can just go back to using wind-up clocks!


27 posted on 01/04/2012 5:33:09 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Hot Tabasco
if you don't want to pay for standby power — or the energy consumed by electronics while they're switched off.

Which in the grand scheme of things, ain't gonna cost you that much.

OTOH, if you don't want to reset the units internal clock every time you replug, duct tape might be required.


28 posted on 01/04/2012 5:34:11 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Whatever happened to that Amy Summerland sailing chick?)
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To: DemforBush

Too late for this, most appliances are using less and less power in “standby mode”, both because of free market pressures (People like to buy stuff that can save them even a small amount of money, especially large businesses that might have quite a few devices), and because of energy star regulations. I predict this will never fly.


29 posted on 01/04/2012 5:34:48 AM PST by Paradox (The rich SHOULD be paying more taxes, and they WOULD, if they could make more money.)
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To: tomkat

Good, I like LEDs, they help me see at night when it’s all dark.


30 posted on 01/04/2012 5:35:06 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: dead

I checked the specs on my TV. It draws 68 watts when running, and 0.2 watts in standby mode.

Remember, this isn’t about saving us money, it’s about saving the planet.


31 posted on 01/04/2012 5:35:37 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: DemforBush

Fortunately I have enough money to pay for “standby power”, whatever that is.


32 posted on 01/04/2012 5:44:05 AM PST by ExtremeUnction
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To: DemforBush

Fortunately I have enough money to pay for “standby power”, whatever that is.


33 posted on 01/04/2012 5:44:14 AM PST by ExtremeUnction
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To: Fresh Wind
Remember, this isn’t about saving us money, it’s about saving the planet.

Right On, brother!

(or sister, as the case may be -- don't want to be sexist)


34 posted on 01/04/2012 5:44:43 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Fresh Wind

But if you are watching your TV less than 4 minutes a day, this will save enough power to watch it for free!


35 posted on 01/04/2012 5:45:53 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Whatever happened to that Amy Summerland sailing chick?)
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To: SumProVita

I wondered the same thing, do electrical outlets kinda drip like a faucet that needs a new washer?


36 posted on 01/04/2012 5:46:59 AM PST by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Which in the grand scheme of things, ain't gonna cost you that much.

It's about 10% of total power usage now. I think it is worth looking into solutions. One product (much better than the one in the article) is Belkins power strip that comes with a remote that you can mount next to your light switch. You simply hit the off button on the remote when you are going to bed or whatever. It's only $35.


37 posted on 01/04/2012 5:48:27 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: ExtremeUnction

“Fortunately I have enough money to pay for “standby power”, whatever that is....”

yours and my “fortune” is what’s really eating at these buggers!!!


38 posted on 01/04/2012 5:48:49 AM PST by mo
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To: Fresh Wind

Yes, but just one ring of your doorbell typically takes more power to energize the relay coil than it does to power the digital waiting circuits, and as much as I hate solicitors, I’ll take the less expensive conveniences in favor of the more expensive unwanted interruptions.


39 posted on 01/04/2012 5:49:57 AM PST by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: Fresh Wind
Actually, with modern stuff, that’s true. Consider your TV with its remote. For you to be able to turn it on with the remote, the circuitry which does that is always running, waiting for you to push the button on the remote. The TV is using much less power than it would when the screen is lit up, but it’s still using power. The same applies to computers, printers, monitors, microwave ovens, etc. etc. etc.

Since it's my money and I choose to pay the few bucks a month it may cost for the convenience, why do these busy bodies care? OK, stupid question.

40 posted on 01/04/2012 5:50:29 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: BfloGuy

TV’s used to have to “warm up” because they had tubes. That is no longer the case.

Being concerned about a miniscule amount of electricity that the clock on the coffee pot or an electronic device might use, etc. is ridiculous.


41 posted on 01/04/2012 5:51:40 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: bmwcyle
I have been angry since low flush toilets.

Tell me about it. I've had to promote the plunger from occasional visitor to regular companion. And as a bonus, the well-designed toilet is the only one I've ever had to turn the flow off so as to prevent an overflow.

42 posted on 01/04/2012 5:51:58 AM PST by danielmryan
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To: DemforBush
It sounds like something out of Terry Gilliam's Brazil. I can imagine the inconvenience if it malfunctioned and started spitting out the plugs at random intervals.
43 posted on 01/04/2012 5:57:29 AM PST by jmcenanly (Things will be better in 2013)
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To: Straight Vermonter

“It’s about 10% of total power usage now.”

Please give some data to support this.....because I simply do NOT believe it.


44 posted on 01/04/2012 5:57:30 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Oztrich Boy
if you don't want to reset the units internal clock every time you replug

I forgot all about that little bit of information

45 posted on 01/04/2012 6:03:20 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Naugahyde is no longer available due to the Naugas being hunted to extinction.....)
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To: SumProVita

http://standby.lbl.gov/standby.html


46 posted on 01/04/2012 6:05:34 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Straight Vermonter
Here's another one:

When your computer goes to 'standby' or 'sleep' mode it shuts off power to the monitor, speakers, printer, desk lamp or whatever else you plug into it. I'm trying to work out the payback for installing them in every office in a commerical office building, especially where most desks have two-six monitors on them.

47 posted on 01/04/2012 6:11:49 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Straight Vermonter
One source? Used by the government? I have serious doubts about the 10% ... and I'm not alone.
48 posted on 01/04/2012 6:17:15 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Straight Vermonter; SumProVita
From the web site you cited:

How can I reduce standby power use in my home?

Limited research suggests that an informed and aggressive approach can reduce standby use by about 30%. Frankly, there are more productive ways to save energy with an investment of an hour but if high standby energy use stands between you and the goal of a zero energy home, then it's an hour well spent.

How much power is used for standby in the US?...Worldwide?

Nobody knows for sure, but it's typically 5-10% of residential electricity use in most developed countries...

So if you're willing to waste a lot of your time and effort you might be able to shave your electrical use by 1.5% to 3%. I'd rather skip buying a morning coffee one day a month.

49 posted on 01/04/2012 6:17:53 AM PST by whd23 (Every time a link is de-blogged an angel gets its wings.)
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To: whd23

“Nobody knows for sure...”

THAT is likely to be much more accurate.

;-)


50 posted on 01/04/2012 6:23:06 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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