A while back, a friend sent me a link to this picture of an Australian electrical outlet with a On/Off switch (have to scroll down past the kangaroos). I need to find a similar outlet that works in the US.
These type of outlets would be helpful in a few different rooms of my house. Particularly in places that a power strip really does not fit. An example of this would be the kitchen. I would like to be able to just shut off the outlet feeding the clocks on the microwave and coffee maker. It would be easier than perpetually unplugging them.
Additionally, I could use a Kill-a-Watt meter to do a energy inventory of the house and then place of few of these outlets around the power wasting devices. Of course, I would still have to remember to flip the switch.