Tightening the Belt: Part 5 – Using Smart Strips to Reduce Your Electric Bill

28 Apr

 

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Smart Strips – like a surge strip, but is supposed to completely cut the power to devices when not in use saving you a ton on your electric bill. 

SmartHomeUSA breaks down like this:

If you leave your computer, tv, or other device plugged in:

  • 24hours/7days = you would pay for 168 hrs per week even when it isn’t in use!
  • 8 hours/7 days = you would pay for 56 hours per week!
  • Saving 112 hours/week on one device! 

Times that by the areas of my house that could/should use one and that really could save big!

  • Living Room TV, gaming system, dvd player – would save approximately 112 hours/week 
  • Computer/Printer – would save approximately 112 hours/week
  • Bedroom TV, dvd player – would save approximately 160 hours/week
  • Washer/Dryer – would save approximately 160 hours/week
  • Microwave – would save approximately 165 hours/week

Total = 709 hours of energy/week or 2836 per month! 

The smartest thing to do would be to buy a few more regular surge strips and turn them off when I am not using everything, but realistically speaking – not going to happen!  So I’m ready to invest. They are pricey, but come with a 30 day money back guarantee. I have worked a deal with my Amazon gift cards that I earned from Swagbucks gift cards to buy 5 for around $85.  They come with a 30 day money back, guarantee AND a $30,000 connected device warranty.  So, I guess I’m up for the 30 day challenge! 

I will let you know if I see any difference in our bill next month!

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