Power Saving Device For AV Equipment

  • Powers down AV equipment
  • Claims it is unique to Australia
  • Comes in at just under $100

Kambrook has launched a power saving device that it claims is the only one of its kind in the Australian market. The new SmartSwitch needs to be plugged in between the power supply and AV equipment to start saving money on power bills, says Kambrook.

“Research indicates that the average Australian household switches off their television at the power point for only two hours a day meaning the power is in full use for more than 90 percent of the day,” says Kambrook spokesperson Adam Tacey. “Most people recognise that leaving equipment and appliances on standby uses a small percentage of power but they may be surprised to learn that just by switching off the TV at the power point they could be saving up to 10 percent on their yearly electricity bill.”

According to a report by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), as of July 2011, the average electricity prices in NSW alone are expected to increase by 17 percent. The SmartSwitch uses a sensor to determine whether the AV equipment is in active use. If usage is not detected within one hour, the device will automatically turn off the power to eliminate energy waste. The power can be turned back on by using a remote control. As a result, a single SmartSwitch is claimed to save up to $140 on electricity bill per year.

The Australian home electronic entertainment market has grown over the past decade increasing the electricity consumption needs of consumers overall. Using power more wisely consumers can save money, reduce electricity supply demands and lower their carbon footprint.

Power facts:

  • Appliances can account for up to 30 percent of consumers home energy use. (Source: livinggreener.gov.au)
  • Standby power can account for more than 10 percent of consumers household electricity use. (Source: livinggreener.gov.au)
  • TVs’ hours of operation have risen from approximately 1500 hours per annum in 1986 to a projected 2800 hours by 2020 per TV. (Source: Energy use in the Australian residential sector 1986-2020 (2008)
  • Newer technologies such as plasma and LCD has resulted in a rise in energy consumption from an average on-mode consumption of approximately 65W in 1986 to 100W in 2005 and continuing to grow to an estimated 230W by 2020. (Source: Energy use in the Australian residential sector 1986-2020 (2008)
  • One in four households now buys a new television each year. (Source: Energy use in the Australian residential sector 1986-2020 (2008)
  • Energy consumed by appliances and equipment is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for more than a quarter of net greenhouse gas emissions in Australia. (Source: energyrating.gov.au)