March 03, 2008 09:30 ET

APC Saves Consumers an Average of $25 per Year With the New Power-Saving SurgeArrest®

The New APC Power-Saving SurgeArrest® Provides Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings

WEST KINGSTON, RI--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - APC, part of Schneider Electric's Critical Power and Cooling Services division, today announced the APC Power-Saving SurgeArrest®, a highly efficient surge protector that provides home computer systems guaranteed protection from damaging surges and spikes, while saving electricity. The APC Power-Saving SurgeArrest features new master/controlled outlets, which work to reduce energy consumption by automatically shutting down power to unused peripherals, such as printers, scanners and speakers when the computer is in sleep mode.

"APC continues to look for new ways to provide critical protection, while integrating energy saving features to reduce power consumption," said Dave Johnson, senior vice president, Home & Business Networks, APC. "The new Power-Saving SurgeArrest is the next step to expanding the line of APC products designed to help customers become more energy efficient."

The new master/controlled outlets on the APC Power-Saving SurgeArrest provide energy savings by shutting down unused peripherals. The master outlet is designed to sense current drawn by connected equipment, typically a computer. When the computer goes into standby, hibernation or is turned off, the controlled outlets are automatically powered off to prevent connected peripherals from continuing to draw power. When the computer is then turned back on or wakes up, power is automatically restored to the controlled outlets. By cutting power to these "dark loads," the APC Power-Saving SurgeArrest can provide a combined savings of $25 per year on average as compared with competitors' models.

The APC Power-Saving SurgeArrest offers a six foot extension power cord, a building wiring fault indicator, and seven outlets along with telephone/fax/modem protection to prevent surges traveling over data lines from reaching connected equipment. Additionally, the APC Power-Saving SurgeArrest comes with APC's $25,000 Equipment Protection Policy for connected equipment.

Currently available in North America, the APC Power-Saving SurgeArrest (P7GT) carries an estimated retail price of $34.99. For more information about APC and its other innovative power protection solutions, please call 800-877-4080, or visit APC's Web site at

About APC

In February 2007, APC and MGE UPS Systems combined to form a $3.5 billion (EUR 2.4 billion) Critical Power and Cooling Services business unit of Schneider Electric. The Critical Power and Cooling Services division offers the industry's most comprehensive product and solution range for critical IT and process applications in industrial, enterprise, small and medium business and home environments. The company's solutions include APC's InfraStruXure® data center architecture, the industry's most comprehensive integrated power, cooling, and management solution. The company's products also include APC and MGE-brand uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), along with APC-brand precision cooling units, racks, and design and management software. Backed by the industry's broadest service organization and an industry leading R&D investment, the company's 12,000 employees help customers confront today's unprecedented power, cooling and management challenges. Schneider Electric, with 112,000 employees and operations in 190 countries, had 2007 annual sales of $25 billion (EUR 17.3 billion). For more information on APC, please visit All trademarks are the property of their owners.

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