Put Those Power Hungry Applicances On A Timer

Even when electrical appliances are “turned off” they’re actually still drawing small amounts of energy. You’d be amazed how much energy is wasted in this low power state. JustDrawIt is sort of a home timer for anything that can be totally powered down without affecting functionality. Lamps, microwaves, toasters are some of the most common low power hogs. You have a visual queue as to how much time you have left until power down via a row of LED lights.

Although it’s a sound concept in theory, the last thing I want to worry about is how much time I have left in the morning before the toaster powers down. I’m rushed enough as is!

Designer: Henry Huang, Jack Chang & Howard Yu for Pega Design


  • john smith says:

    is there a reason why this appliance needs to take up so much space and draw attention to itself?

    • by says:

      My thoughts exactly.
      ive thought about this idea many times, its a pretty simple concept:
      have all appliances that can be totally powered down without affecting functionality hooked up to some kind of system that controls a kill switch or timer. preferably hidden 🙂

  • This is hardly a new concept, with regards to timing electronic devices. Religious Jewish people use a “Sha’on Shabat” / “Saturday Clock” to turn things on or off automatically for them on Saturdays, when it’s against their religion to do so themselves.


  • Lim says:

    Talking about saving electrivity….. This design itself its contradicting….

    • Grace says:

      I agree with Lim.

      Also, the best way to save electricity is to simply turn those appliances OFF at the wall when you’re not using them. How difficult is it to just plug the toaster in in the morning, make your toast, then unplug the damn thing.

    • Dan says:

      Yeah, after looking at the pics, I noticed how bright the LEDs were on the device itself. Sure, cool idea to cut down on standby devices, but this device itself is drawing power on its own… So its a bit of a waste of time…and would use up more power if you had 1 per device…

  • At says:

    There is no need for clocks on microwaves and ovens.Those appliances should be ables to turn themselves off.

    I guess most clients would rather have none if they knew they were constantly paying for it.

  • jin_woo_han says:

    why it needs large space!?

  • Alp says:

    ”’is there a reason why this appliance needs to take up so much space and draw attention to itself?”

    yes there is. The reason is that products and their forms shapes colours can be an uplifting visual enhancement to its environment in some cases. This is one of those , I like it.

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