Westerners are very wasteful creatures where convenience is concerned, but if precious energy does not tempt one to curb his electrical consumption, perhaps the prospect of monetary savings would. The Belkin Conserve Power Switch costs under $10 and can save you more than that in a year if placed strategically between the wall socket and your hungriest appliances.
The simple system works not by sensing whether or not the gadget is in use, but rather by allowing you switch the adapter on only for a limited time. For either 30 minutes, 3 hours or 6 hours, the auxiliary plug can keep your microwave or your coffee maker connected to its power source, after which it breaks the link. The Belkin Conserve Power Switch is ideal for machines that are used intermittently and keeps consumers conscious of their passive consumption.