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Old 09-25-2009, 05:44 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by hazelnut View Post
Question for Quietman: Does clicking the OFF switch on the power saver do the same thing as unplugging the power saver?
Turning off the power switch (ON/OFF) on any power strip is the equivalent to unplugging it.

SMART strips draw a teensy, tiny, itty-bitty amount of current to run the power sensing (or occupancy sensing) circuitry while ON. While I do not have personal experience with the SMART strips, I would hypothesize that they would use ZERO electricity if turned off.

The SMART strips merely offer some convenience versus a normal power strip.

Hope that helps! (Even if just a teensy, tiny, itty bit!)

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Old 09-25-2009, 06:51 PM   #22
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Power draw from appliances not in use but left plugged in is substantial. I have been reading about it.

I'm choosing the smart strip. The tv has a sound system attached to it and a dvd and video player. We always turn the tv off. The outlet is behind the tv. The convenience of not having to pull out the tv stand is worth the purchase price.

We are going to unplug anything not in use except our refrigerator and our sump pump. Thanks for all your help.
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