Green Technology
Monster Power Centers Cut Vampire Drain
Energy-saving smart surge suppressors available for home theater, computer use.
May 08, 2009 by Steven Castle

Monster Power has released two new Monster GreenPower energy-saving power centers designed to help curb wasteful standby or vampire power in computers and home entertaiment areas.

The smart surge suppressors cut all power to peripheral devices when a master unit, like a computer or audio/video receiver turns off or goes into sleep mode. This prevents those products from continuing to consume energy when they aren’t being used. When the display device is turned back on, the GreenPower outlets automatically power up the peripherals again.

The $100 HDP 850G for home entertainment use features eight outlets: one master outlet for a receiver or TV, three controlled outlets for an amplifer, DVD or Blu-ray player or other component, and four other outlets that do not cut power.

The $130 HDP 900G is designed for computer use and features 10 outlets: one master for the computer, four controlled outlets for a monitor, printer, speakers and accessory, and five outlets that do not cut power.

Both new PowerCenters come with $300,000 Connected Equipment Warranties.

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Steven Castle - Contributing Writer
Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates.

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