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Gadget to cut standby energy waste

Remote control cuts power off at mains

A device that stops energy being wasted by gadgets left on standby has been launched.

The plug adapter comes with its own remote control which cuts off power at the mains.

Its aim is to stop energy being wasted by red standby lights being left on after televisions and other electrical goods have been turned off.

Stereos, DVD players and other devices can also be plugged in as well as TVs.

Dragons’ Den

Laura Yates, climate and energy campaigner at Greenpeace, said: ‘Standbys have got to go, but in the meantime it’s great news that these energy saving plug adapters are now available.’

The SMJ Energy Saving Plug Adapter has gone on sale at selected Currys stores priced at £9.99.

Currys is also in negotiations to launch a similar device which featured on the BBC television series Dragons’ Den.

Which? Principal Researcher Sandie Mattioli said: ‘This sounds like an interesting device but, as ever, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. We’re testing several similar devices and other green gadgets for an article in Which? early next year.’

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