The USB EcoStrip 2.0 is a power strip you plug a bunch of devices into in order to share load on one outlet. Exciting, huh? Actually, the EcoStrip is much more than just a power strip, according to EcoStrip CEO Shawn Bowyer, who is the subject of this interview about his company’s interesting spin on making the mundane household accessory a power savings device.
The essential function of the EcoStrip is to help you conserve energy by completely turning off power hungry devices when you aren’t in need of them, eliminating the stand by power so many of them draw on. It is described as “an energy saving smart power strip with surge protection” that powers down plugged in devices when you turn off your computer. It is said each implementation of this device will save “between $1 and $100 per year per workstation depending on your configuration and down time.” A bold claim indeed. Let’s see exactly what Bowyer has to say about what makes this power strip so interesting and why you might want to pay $45 for one.
EarthTechling (ET): What’s the background of EcoStrip? How did the company get started?
Shawn Bowyer: EcoStrip was founded upon a belief and a mission that we could offer a product to the world that would address and combat the growing problem of wasted electricity to standby power and vampire electronics. In addition we strongly believed that we could accomplish that goal and simultaneously save people money while allowing them to do their part in helping the environment.
ET: Tell us about the EcoStrip product. What makes it unique?
Bowyer: The USB EcoStrip 2.0 uses award winning patented technology which makes it the most simple and reliable solution available today. The USB EcoStrip 2.0 is 100% reliable 100% of the time. When the computer is turned off the USB EcoStrip 2.0 cuts all power flow to the peripherals eliminating standby power.
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