Control Your Energy Use with Smart Strip Power Strip

Smart String Power Strip

I have mentioned numerous times on my blog that electronic devices can still use energy even though they are not powered on. One easy way to really make it easy to eliminate electricity to devices is to plug them into a power strip and just switch it off when you are done using the devices plugged into it. It can be difficult to always remember to switch off power strips whenever you are done using the devices plugged into it.

The Smart Strip is a unique power strip that can help you solve this problem. It has a built-in autoswitching technology on many of the plugs that turns off any electrical devices plugged into it when not turned on. The key to how this works is the different color outlets on it:

  • Blue Outlet – The control outlet that controls when the white outlets are turned on or off.
  • White Outlets – The switch outlets that follow the control outlet as it goes on or off.
  • Red Outlets – The hot outlets that do not follow the control switch and only turn off when the power strip is unplugged or switched off.

As an electronic device plugged in the blue outlet turns idle, electronics in the white outlets will stop drawing any additional current. Where this strip comes really handy is when using in a home office. Computers and peripherals often are big culprits of wasting electricity even when they are turned off. The smart strip can coordinate with your computer to ensure they are turned off in sleep mode. The computer can be plugged into the blue outlet. You only use your computer peripherals when you computer is on anyways so why not have them turned off automatically. You can plug just about anything into this power strip including other strips. Since it also has a powerful built in surge protector, additional strips will also be protected as well.

Overall, the smart strip is a good power strip regardless of whether it has the autoswitching technology on it especially for the price. If you find it hard to unplug all of your electronics when done using them or switching off your power strips, then this device is the way to go.

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Comments

  1. Getting huge my LCD TV on a separate power strip was one of the smartest things I have ever done. I think people don’t realize how much power they use in the stand by mode. Gotta keep the TIVO box going though.

    Great post!

  2. It is cool that you explained this, because I think, at least for me it was a little known fact. I have always got nicer power strips, so they have usually had the switched and un-switched outlets.

    Despite being clearly labeled, it took some time for me to realize what they actually meant. This can save a lot of power, without causing other devices that need to stay on, like clocks or routers, to suffer.

    • Pays to Live Green
    • November 10th, 2008

    Thanks Tiger. It took me some time too to understand how this device works, but it makes complete sense once you read through it more. How this device works makes total sense and really could save you tons of money on your electricity bill without much effort.

  3. It is amazing how much energy you can save by making sure all your devices are turned off at night and a power strip like this can help make sure that everything gets turned off. I never realized how many devices still used energy despite being turned off until recently.

  4. Is it “healthy” for an LCD to be turned off by the power strip?

    • Pays to Live Green
    • January 9th, 2009

    Lancer Kind: Great point you bring up. I am not completely sure on this issue. From what I have read though, as long as you turn the LCD off first and then turn the power strip off, you should be ok. Switching the power strip off while still powered on could cause issues, so I would warn against doing that.

    • Robert
    • February 19th, 2009

    No one has said whether a device plugged into the control outlet stops pulling power when turned off. For example, if your 60″ plasma or computer is plugged into the control outlet and you turn it off, does it really turn off (ie, power gets cut to the control outlet) or does it continue to draw power, which is what I suspect. If that is the case, then it doesn’t make sense to purchase such a device, just buy a regular surge protector/strip and flip the switch.

  5. You know one thing why I have subscibed to this blog is because of your variation in your posts. I love that they all deal with living green but you really cover a wide range of topics. Thank you for a great post, though old, very nice. I actually saw one of these green friendly power strips at Costco the other day. Expensive but perhaps with it!

  6. The smart strip is a great device, but even better is the kill-a-watt strip, which also displays how much power the “strip” is consuming. I wrote about this on the home-automation guide for GreenByDesign.

    http://greenbydesign.com/2009/04/20/home-automation-guide/

    After you purchase the smart strip, I would recommend a whole house power meter, like The Energy Detective:
    http://blog.mapawatt.com/2009/02/27/the-energy-detective/

  7. The power strip is the best you can use right now for power extensions. Very conservative product to use I’m surprised it’s mentioned.

  8. That’s a really neat product, I’ll have to buy myself one of them.

  9. Thank you for this post.Its really help me to understand power saving.And how much its cost for 1 pc power saver?How come i get it if i live in indonesia? Thanks

  10. Hey, I havent seen the smart strip before, do you know how much it costs to buy? Cheers!

  11. They need this function on wall plugins.

  12. Thank you for a great post, very conservative product to use :)

  13. Every home should have at least one of these.. I didin’t know that..

    • Power Strip
    • August 16th, 2010

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    Wow, this is too cool. I am very like it, Thank you for sharing, let me so happy! At the same time, i feel Power Strip very much

    Good writing, and I very much agree with your thoughts and insights. Hope that more could write such a good word, I said, to continue coming to visit, thank you for sharing.i love UL power strip very much .

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