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Advantages of a smart power strip

Smart power strips not only help you to protect your electronic equipment from damaging electrical surges but reduce your electricity bill by conserving energy automatically. You can eliminate energy use like computer and home entertainment systems that waste electricity even after being turned off. This article details out the advantages of a smart power strip.

Automatically reduce electrical consumption

A smart power strip can sense when you have shut off your main piece of equipment and shut off stand by power to any peripheral equipment connected to it. For example, if you set your TV as your main electronic device on the power strip, it will then cut stand by power other equipment connected to it like your DVD player and game console after you turn off your TV. You can save over $70.00 every year only by controlling a typical home entertainment system using a smart strip according to Belkin International, Inc., an auto-off surge protector manufacturer.

Smart power strip configurations

You may select from a variety of smart strip configurations to serve your needs at home or at work. Some power strips combine several outlets with automatic control with regular power outlets which remain on all the time. Then, you can use these regular outlets for an electronic device that needs continuous power like an alarm clock or a DVR.

Personal power control

Some power strips allow you to further specify an idle time to automatically shut off your TV or PC. This is a convenient feature if you need to step away from your computer for long periods and often forget to turn off the system. All you have to do is to program your smart power strip to shut off your computer after 30 minutes of idle time, for example. Furthermore, it automatically turns off your peripheral equipment and cuts stand by power as well. Some strips will make a launch diagnostic whenever you turn back on your main equipment to turn your peripherals back on for you as well.

Choose the amount of protection and convenience

Today, power strips can help you protect more than audio visual, computer or any other piece of electronic equipment. You can protect your cable or satellite-wire, phone or fax-line with a special smart power strip equipped with special connectors for these devices giving you extra protection at home or at work.

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