Electrical Engineering Department
BS in Electrical Engineering
A significant amount of consumer electronics cannot be switched off completely without being unplugged. Standby power, also known as phantom power, refers to the electric power consumed by electronic appliances when they are switched off. There are some devices that need constant power; items like alarm clocks and security systems need constant power to function correctly. Some devices, such as video game consoles and televisions, consume power without offering any features. Electricity lost from standby power has been increasing with the amount of consumer electronics increasing in households.
This project’s goal is to create a low power remote that can turn off the surge protector when it is not in use as well as monitor power consumption. Using an Android powered smartphone as the remote, an Arduino microcontroller, a solid-state relay as the switch, a Hall Effect current sensor to sense current, and a BlueSMiRF Bluetooth module, I created a system that was able to perform these functions. This paper focuses on the uses and integration of these components and the viability of such systems to reduce standby power.