Switch it off!

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Switch it off!

Most people leave their WiFi on all the time. They also fail to use the energy-saving options on their IT equipment.

To ensure that your computers, monitors, laptops and printers are drawing zero power when they’re not being used, turn them off at the power point at the end of the working day.

A typical IT set-up for one person might include a computer, monitor and multi-function printer. Why not connect them all to a single power board and turn them off with one switch?

When the power point is in a hard-to-reach location, you can make your power board easier to switch off by connecting it to one of the following:

  • a remote-controlled plug
  • an EcoSwitch
  • an foot switch power board

You can also plug in your computer, monitor and multi-function printer into a ‘smart’ power board. They detect when your ‘master’ device has been turned off and kill the power to connected ‘slave’ devices.

For example, if you turn off a computer, a ‘smart’ power board will automatically cut power to your monitor and printer. See ‘Step 6: Switch off and save’ for more detailed information on the ways to turn off IT equipment.


Whether you’re a single-person operation, or a business with an extensive IT set-up, switching off your gear is an easy way to save money.