Toronto based Gentec International has announced a new line of home theatre surge protectors which the company claims can reduce overall home theatre power consumption by up to 15%.

The new Energy Smart Power surge protectors save electricity by automatically turning off outlets and preventing standby power waste.

Standby power, also known as vampire power, is the electricity consumed by electronic appliances while they are switched off or in a standby mode.

Gentec says that a well-equipped home theatre might use as much as $50 of electricity every year when left on standby for an average of 19 hours per day. Ranging in price from $50 to $100, the energy saving surge protectors could pay for themselves in just a couple of years.

In addition to helping you save electricity, the devices also feature Energy’s PurePower filter and up to 3,600 joules of protection in the event of a surge or power spike.

The company is offering three surge protectors: the ESP100, 200, and 300. The compact ESP100 plugs directly into a wall outlet, providing 4 outlets and 2,160 Joules of protection, and sells for $50. The $70 ESP200 power bar offers 6 outlets and 2,160 Joules of protection. The ESP300 includes 8 outlets, 3,600 Joules of protection, and will sell for $100. Both the ESP200 and ESP300 also feature a heavy-duty power cord with a flat, space-saving, rotating plug for maximum versatility.

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