There was a ring of the front doorbell and a polite girl offered us a "power saving" deal as a result of a "government initiative". Normally a line like this leads me to jump to the conclusion that this is a scam, but unusually for me, I actually gave her a hearing. The fact that she didn't come from the sub-continent may have helped.
The deal is that she plugs a device in to the power point leading to your TV (called a Standby Power Controller, or SPC) so that the stand-by power is turned off when the TV isn't in use.
The device is activated by using the TV remote, and turns the power to the TV off after a designated time (this can be altered, in our case it's 2 hours).
The installers work for "Green Made Easy" (see http://www.greenmadeeasy.com.au/), who, in return for supplying the SPC (at no cost to us), take an assignment of the right to the Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificate(s?) (VEEC) that this installation creates.
|The black object detects the remote, and can be re-located|
Nevertheless, we're saving a little power without turning the switch off at the wall (which of course we never did!) We're adjusting to the idea that you have to press the remote twice to turn the TV on and then press any button on the remote (channel change, volume, whatever) once every 2 hours to re-set the timer.