Advanced Power Strips Will Save The Air Force $5.4 Million

The United States Air Force recently purchased 77,000 new energy efficient power strips in an attempt to curb expensive energy waste. Air Force Materiel Command recently began distributing the advanced power strips for electronic devices located in workstations throughout the command. It’s estimated that the energy efficient upgrade will save the AFMC  $5.4 million over ten years.

Over 75,000  power strips is no small order. The company lucky enough to land this contract is TrickleStar, makers of ‘Advanced PowerStrips’ that power down electronic devices when not in use.

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The seven-outlet power strips purchased by the AFMC have built-in current sensing circuitry with three different switching thresholds that know when a Control Device (TV or PC) is on or off/standby and then reacts by switching peripherals on/off as well. Easy to install and provides simple automation to reduce wasteful standby energy consumption.

The advanced power strips also offer superior protection against power surges. While traditional surge suppression products use standard MOV (Metal Oxide Varistor components). TrickleStar surge protection technology. TrickleStar’s MOV technology is encased in a ceramic casing which surpresses more energy and dissipates heat faster than traditional MOV’s. More importantly the ceramic casing is fireproof and is capable of preventing fire during abnormal surge conditions.

“Across the command, AFMC will reduce energy usage by an estimated 8 million kilowatt-hours annually, saving an estimated $540,000 per year,” said Col. Douglas Wise, chief of the Civil Engineer Operations and Readiness Division. “This initiative will also raise awareness of energy conservation, as we work to promote a culture of energy efficiency throughout the command.”

The power strip chose by the AFMC is available to the public at $29.95.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog