Efergy Media Standby Eliminator

The Claim?

This device claims to extend the lifespan of your appliances by 15%, reduce our energy use and carbon emissions, and make it possible to turn all your entertainment system off by the remote.

How does it work?

The Media standby eliminator is placed between the television and the wall socket, or a multi-adaptor. The Media standby eliminator works by sensing when the device has been turned off via the remote control, then after approximately twenty seconds the Media standby eliminator cuts out power. To set up the user presses the button on the Media standby eliminator twice and presses the off button on his remote control. The Standby Eliminator then learns this device.

How did it work for me?

There are plenty of these sorts of devices out there, but the Efergy is one with a decent reputation, so I thought it would be a good way to go. It is relatively straight forward to set up.

Working with the remote is a bit of a curse and a blessing. On the one hand, it makes turning the TV on and off straight-forward, without the need to go and flick the switch on (which for me is right behind the back of the TV). On the other hand, the remote goes walkabout often and it is a bit of a pain to turn everything on if you don’t have it.

You have to compare this to similar products like the footswitch I suppose, and whilst this has he added benefit of turning everything off with the remote, the footswitch is a lot easier to get to grips with.

For those of you with multiple rooms with television equipment, you can get a device for each room, but beware that the device has a bit of a habit of syncing up with the other rooms when you hit the remote, which could get pretty irritating.