Put Your Power On A Timer

I’m sure all of you know plugged-in appliances slowly run up your electric bill. The annoyance of having to unplug/plug devices is enough to just ignore the whole problem altogether. The Belkin TimeOutlet concept is a modular, stackable surge protector divided into 4 quadrants. Each section corresponds to a time of day. When that time is over, power is cut from everything in that quadrant and power turns on in the next.

In theory I like the idea since most of my appliances do tend to operated only at certain hours of the day. What I don’t like is the design. The stackable modular system looks like it can get ridiculously tall, especially for an area like the entertainment center. I tend to hide my surge protectors, not bring attention to them. A good idea nonetheless but I prefer a less “band-aid” approach to energy conservation. Manufacturers need to include circuity that enables people to totally, 100% turn off the power of any device instead of having it sit in some standby, limbo power mode.

Designers: Hoang M Nguyen, Anh Nguyen & Sam Staar

Belkin TimeOutlet by Hoang Nguyen, Anh Nguyen & Sam Staar





  • Ankur Jalota says:

    Another approach would have a house with special sockets throughout. When a person leaves the house, he could flip this switch off, and all sockets context sensitive on this switch would turn off as well.

    I think making it time-based makes the individual have to do mental arithmetic, and occasionally re-configure these sockets. The fact that there is a “constant” switch acknowledges this need.

  • Lamah says:

    Manufacturers are already moving to reduce standby current to near zero. That’s the best solution.

  • Sounds like a great idea in priciple but what happens to items that need to be on constantly?like the freezer or boiler.

  • Sounds like a great idea in principle but what happens to things that need to be switched on all the time?such as boilers and freezers.

  • jet says:

    that is cool idea.the jack is on the top,that maybe is not easy for anti-dust and sand…need a cover


    I love it.

  • Jimmy C says:

    So if they’re all stacked up like that, do they all switch at the same time?

  • Me says:

    Have you ever noticed in a power outage, the freezer maintains for hours? I had my freezer on a timer. I could have it off overnight and back on on the morning.

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