There are vampires in your house. No, not the pasty Twilight variety, but a far more sinister leech: your electronics. Most of us leave things like microwaves, televisions and even phone chargers plugged into electrical outlets all day and night. It’s just more convenient. But even when these devices are turned off, precious energy is sucked from the outlet, costing you lots of money.
A new Kickstarter project aims to upgrade the household electrical outlet while simultaneously eliminating this expensive vampire energy usage. Designer K.T. Kim claims his Biceptacel electrical outlet will become the new standard in the electrical industry. “It can replace all duplex outlets with little or no change in wiring practices yet provides the user with unparalleled safety, flexibility, and utility,” writes Kim.
The Biceptacle outlet uses Neutral as a common node between two combined sockets. This design allows the user a choice between two different circuits where no choice was available before. In a dual socket configuration, the user can access two sockets on one circuit, two sockets on an alternate circuit, or a combination of a socket on one circuit and a socket on an alternate circuit.
Kim claims that even a novice should be able to install the Biceptacle in less than 10 minutes, using only common tools like a screwdriver, needle nose pliers, wire strippers and voltage tester (ok maybe a voltage tester isn’t common, but you get the idea).
In addition to being more energy efficient, the Biceptacle can also make your home safer by eliminating the need for hazardous extension cords, power strips and multiple socket octopuses. If you’ve got the “angry tangle” of cords hiding behind your desk or tv stand, this outlet could be for you.
If you’re interested in testing Biceptacle for yourself, consider donating a minimum of $10 to its Kickstarter campaign. For your pledge, you’ll get two to try!