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Old 08-06-2009, 05:31 AM   #11
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Quietman, you are a welcome voice of reason and knowledge, always a plus in my book.
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:24 PM   #12
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Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise.
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Old 08-07-2009, 12:38 AM   #13
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No large pump houses or hot tubs for nine here. I do think our electrical service had to be upped and they brought in a few extra lines of 200 or maybe it was 220 for some reason or another and then they added another 600 amp electrical panel to cover the greenhouse and a storage barn and something else. What is this product good for?
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Old 08-08-2009, 11:17 AM   #14
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Good gosh good golly. This product is a rip off for homeowners. I don't believe I have a single 3-phase motor in my home.

Thank you ever so much for your explanation.

Is there any product an average homeowner could purchase to help reduce electric bills?
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Old 09-20-2009, 07:14 AM   #15
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lighteningbolt This is what I would look at

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The Troasts cut their monthly energy use by about 16 percent, partly by plugging their computers and entertainment devices into smart power strips. The strips turn off when the electronics are not in use, cutting power consumption to zero.


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Old 09-20-2009, 11:56 PM   #16
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Is there anything NOT on standby mode these days? We probably could use some federal regulation like what was described in your article.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:47 PM   #17
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Which do you believe is the better value-
The Smart Strip or the Wattstopper?
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:55 AM   #18
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Which do you believe is the better value-
The Smart Strip or the Wattstopper?
Well, they do work differently, so it's not exactly apples to apples. I believe both devices shut down everything plugged into them as advertised, but here are the two things to consider:

The Wattstopper uses motion detection (hence the higher cost) to determine if you (or your pet, etc) are in the room. "Occupancy" activates it. In my opinion, this would be nice so when you strolled into the livingroom, picked up the remote for the TV and pressed "ON" it actually turns on. Motion detection is a little more expensive, and I think too people pay still a little extra for the convenience.

The Smart Strip senses when you turn off, say your computer, and then kills power to everything else plugged into it (printer, modem, router, etc). Since the computer USUALLY doesn't have a remote, motion sensing isn't as important.

I'd look at the user reviews on Amamzon to see what others have experienced, as I use neither of these products (I just unplug stuff).

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Old 09-23-2009, 11:22 PM   #19
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I have been unplugging appliances when not in use. Maybe one of these would be helpful for the tv and dvd player.

My computer is left on. My virus and malware scans run at midnight and 3AM.

Thank you for answering my question.
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Old 09-25-2009, 08:36 AM   #20
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Question for Quietman: Does clicking the OFF switch on the power saver do the same thing as unplugging the power saver?
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