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Monitor appliance health and performance

March 3, 2012 Leave a comment

For the first time, any homeowner now has the cost-effective, fun and easy way to monitor their energy usage at the circuit level, enabling them to lower energy costs, keep their family safe and help our planets future. The eMonitor enables the homeowner to:

  • Know how much is being spent on electricity – before getting the bill
  • Learn what steps can be taken to reduce electric bills up to 30%
  • Receive alerts when appliances or lights have been left on
  • Receive ‘circuit over capacity’ alert, preventing potential power outage or fire
  • Receive real-time alerts when appliance’s power usage suggests it is in need of maintenance or replacement
  • See what appliances are using energy, even when they are off, and how much they are costing you
  • Monitor renewable energy production and usage from a single interface (requires upgrade)
  • Plug into smart grid initiatives: link to smart meters, accept and display time-based rates and participate in demand response programs, when available.

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Smarthome Tip: Save Energy and Save $$

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, appliances account for 17% of your household’s energy consumption. Make sure you keep your costs low by reducing the amount of standby power your appliances use.

    • One way to save money is making sure your TV is completely off!P3 International P4150 Save A Watt TV Standby Killer

Plug your TV into the Save A Watt and eliminate all power consumption while it’s not being used. Uses your normal TV remote to turn your TV all the way off – no standby power drain. Plug your subwoofer into it and have your sound system’s remote turn the sub truly off when you’re not shaking the floor. Aside from saving energy and money, you also remove a potential shock or fire hazard.

  • Also, stop wasting energy (and money) on phantom or vampire losses while you’re not using your appliances.

P3 International P4190 Save A Watt Phantom Power Indicator

Plug any device into the Save A Watt and learn how much electricity it consumes while it is idle – so-called “phantom” loads. It is estimated that a cell phone charger wastes 85% of all the energy consumed during its lifetime. Find which devices you have that consume electricity when not being used. How much does your TV eat up while you’re at work?

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Source: U.S. Department of Energy

Automatically Shuts Off Up to 3 Devices When the Master Outlet is Off to Save Energy

February 5, 2012 Leave a comment

PRIME PBES1016 6-Outlet 2160J Energy Saver Surge Protector

  • 2160 Joules of protection
  • 6 outlets: 2 always on, 1 “master” connected to 3 energy saver outlets
  • EMI/RFI filteringer 150kHz – 100mHz with attenuation up to 48dB
  • 6-foot long power cord

Not only will you be protecting your devices from power surges and spikes, you’ll be saving energy when you install this surge protector into your home theater or office. This power strip features six outlets – two are always on while one master controls the three remaining energy saver outlets. Once the device plugged into the master outlet is powered off, it will automatically shut off power to the energy saver outlets to lower your energy bills and save up to $50 a year. It also features EMI/RFI filtering to keep your devices running efficiently. Read more

Address Energy Wastage by Your Home Theater Equipment

February 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Embertec ECUSAV-ET-01 EmberCeptor Power Saving Device, Audio Video SeriesWhen your audio/video equipment is turned off, the devices might still be using power. And when your equipment is hibernating or in standby mode, it wastes significant amounts of power, even if not being actively used. All this wasted power could end up costing you hundreds of dollars a year! The EmberCeptor offers the perfect solution. Affordable and effective, the EmberCeptor determines whether or not your components currently require power and automatically switches them on or off as needed. If the device is not in use, all power will be removed until the device is actively being used again.

The EmberCeptor is so easy to use. Simply plug your main component, such as a cable box, into the dedicated “Always On” plug. Connect your additional components, such as plasma and LCD televisions, speakers, game consoles, and more, into the “Power Saving” plug. Then, connect the EmberCeptor into a standard AC outlet. When the EmberCeptor detects that a certain device has not been used for over an hour, it will automatically cut off power to the unused device. To resume using the device, simply turn it back on as normal. A convenient hook on the end of the EmberCeptor provides a clean and convenient way to store the unit within your AV cabinet. Read more

Manage Power Used by Peripherals Based on the Current Operational State of the Connected Computer

January 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Embertec ECUSPC-ET-01 EmberCeptor Power Saving Device, Computer SeriesWhen your computer is turned off, your connected peripheral equipment might still be using power. And when your computer is hibernating or in standby mode, it wastes significant amounts of power, even if not being actively used. All this wasted power could end up costing you hundreds of dollars each year! The EmberCeptor offers the perfect solution. Affordable and effective, the EmberCeptor determines whether peripherals are needed or not and automatically switches them on or off as needed. Should your computer be turned off or switch into standby mode, all power will be removed from the peripherals until the computer is actively being used again.

The EmberCeptor is so easy to use. Simply plug your computer power cable into the dedicated “Computer Only” plug. Connect your peripherals, including monitors, speakers, printers, lamps, and more into the “Power Saving” plug. Then, connect the EmberCeptor into a standard AC outlet. Use for any computer application – desktop, laptop, or netbook. Surge protection is also offered via the EmberCeptor to extend the life of your appliances. The EmberCeptor also reduces fire risk and carbon dioxide emissions. A convenient hook on the end of the EmberCeptor provides a clean and convenient way to store the unit behind your desk. Read more

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