Photo: Courtesy of Belkin
If You've Got Less than $50 for the Environment...
Even in the off position, many electronics suck energy, which accounts for up to 10 percent of your electricity bill. The Smart Strip surge protector (from $29; cableorganizer.com
) cuts power to peripherals like printers, scanners, and DVD players when the main device (your computer or TV) is off. Belkin's Conserve Valet ($40; belkin.com
) charges four USB gadgets (phones, iPods, camera) but shuts down completely when the dock is empty.