Today’s educational classroom is filled with various technologies that enhance the learning experience. Smartboards, tablets, laptops and printers, even when students aren't using them, are always drawing power when plugged in. Since unplugging these items is not always convenient, schools are investing in smart power strips to help control energy consumption.
A smart power strip looks similar to a standard one, except it can individually control devices. Some can even be controlled wirelessly by connecting them to your phone. Common features include:
Even charging certain devices, like laptops and tablets, can be controlled using a smart power strip.
The obvious benefit of using a smart power strip is limiting electricity expenses, but did you know you can also extend the life of devices? Constant power can be hard on device components, resulting in considerable wear and tear. By disconnecting them from a power source, they will last much longer. Smart power strips also function as surge protectors during storms or blackouts.
Smart power strips are just one-way schools can reduce energy in the Renew Our Schools challenge. Discover how schools are earning points by following along on the Focus on Energy and KEEP Facebook pages:
If your school is interested in participating in a future challenge, visit focusonenergy.com/renewourschools and fill out an interest form. Applications are being accepted for the Fall competition scheduled for October 12 to November 10, 2023.