My TV doesn’t have an off switch.
The stereo doesn’t have a proper off switch either.
In the war against standby this seems to be rather a big obstacle. Each of these devices has a big button which implies that it should be ‘easily turn on and off-able’ (to borrow from the old ad) and yet I hit the big button and am rewarded with a little red light.
Turn it off at the wall, I hear you shout. Well that, my friends, is easier said than done in this scenario. The TV and the stereo are plugged into one of those multi-block things which is, in turn, plugged into a wall socket obscured by a bookshelf.
What to do? Growing incredibly long thin arms isn’t an option and neither is moving the bookshelf (or the wall socket).
Imagine my delight at stumbling across ‘Bye Bye Standby’. Featuring (as described by the manufacturer):
- Easy “Plug and Play” installation – does not require additional wiring
- Easily expandable system – further range of products available
- Smart Sockets can control up to 4 devices each – when plugged into 4 way extension
- Compatible with any appliance up to – 1000W or 3000W with heavy duty socket
- Group on/off function
- Up to 30 metre remote control
- Up to 64 selective “House Codes”
1) Where am I going to keep the remote control thing?
2) What on earth happens if I lose it?
3) What am I going to plug the ‘bye bye standby’ socket into to make its red light go off?
Glad you like Bye Bye Standby – cool isn’t it? We’re really proud of it and over the past couple of years we have saved many, many tonnes of CO2 for folk as well as making all those plug sockets under sofas suddenly more accessible.
Keep up the good work,
Darryl – Founder, Bye Bye Standby.
I am just curious about the standby light on your product. Do you get asked about it a lot (I noticed it’s in your FAQ)? I appreciate that the power consumption of the unit and, therefore the little light is negligible but, isn’t this idea of switching things off all about removing the constant usage of small amounts of power?
I do like the idea of the product and the execution seems to be working for me thus far (I seem to misplace the remote but never for very long).
Am wondering which aspect of my un-green living to attack next!
The consumption of the LED is trivially small. The LEDs themselves are not the problem, more the devices on standby that go with the LEDs.
That said, I do agree with you and perhaps on the next production run we can design it out.
Re which aspects to tackle next – why not take a look at your travel? Always good to shave a bit off of that every now and again.
I bought the Bye Bye Standby, but kept losing the remote control, or getting annoyed when someone moved it, or when someone unplugged the actual Bye Bye Standby because THEY couldnt find the remote.
I think the wall-switch is the answer.. I haven’t actually got one yet, but it works with the existing plugs, and I prefer the idea of a bigass button that turns a whole bunch of stuff off 🙂