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i have one of these and paid $10 works as described.thinking about a few more.

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The write up says:

At any one time in a typical American household, there could be up to 40 devices drawing constant power. This can average up to $100 year in additional energy costs.

That means I'd need 40 of these items at $7.99 each = $319.60 and that will save me $100 per year. I'm not sure the initial investment is worth the savings.

Some of those items that constantly draw power are things like cordless phones and I don't want to have the base station turn off at any time.

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@cengland0: energy savings are always based on time... like having a hybrid they cost you 3-5k more upfront, but you save on gas over time.

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@cengland0: Also, you probably wouldn't need one of these for each device. For example, most people have their TV, cable box, DVD/Blu-Ray, Sound system, etc. on a power strip. You could just connect the power strip to this and control those 8 devices togeter

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Paid $10 for mine as well, works exactly as advertised. They're ideal for certain things that you only want to run briefly and then turn off.

The "frustration free" packaging means that instead of coming in something like an annoying plastic blister pack, this comes in just a cardboard box. Simple as that: open the box, the device comes right out.

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@rgalvan2: Not necessarily. What would happen if I wanted to listen to the radio through the sound system, then the TV and other devices will get power.

Also, wouldn't it be inconvenient trying to turn on the TV with the remote to find out it doesn't come on because there is absolutely no power to it?

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I no longer pay attention to the "This will also save you money in the long run".

Why?

Well in Michigan we were successful in water conservation. So, totally against the theory of "Supply and Demand" with less water being used, the price of water WENT UP to compensate for it! So everyone who invested in water conservation technology expecting it to pay for itself, and later save them money got totally screwed.

So if you want to conserve, do it for the planet, do not expect to end up ahead in the long run.

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@tavisjohn: But if the price of the water went up and you're using less water than you did before, your bill is still less than what it would have been otherwise.

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This is great for those of us that forget to turn off appliances. No more getting to work and wondering if I unplugged the coffee pot. I have one on my elderly dog's heated bed so it automatically shuts off after three hours.

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This is just a glorified timer. I got the iGo smart wall outlet when it was on woot, great investment (http://www.igo.com/other-power/power-smart-wall-with-igo-greenr-technology/invt/pm000120004/). It has a total of 4 outlets, an always powered side for things like the microwave/lamps/alarm clock/DVR that either have a switch or need constant power, while my laptop and cell chargers and my printer run through the eco side. It doesn't work on square GFI outlets though, so limited us in the bathroom, had to use different wall for electric toothbrush. It "learns" the amount of power just the chargers draw so it stays off until you plug a device in, or has an instant button to turn the power on. Sorry for the details about a different product, but I paid $9.99 for a two pack and seems more versatile than this.

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The Ex was always leaving her 1800 watt straightening iron plugged in all day. Not that I cared that it cost about $1.60 in electricity each time she did this (4 or 5 times a month) - I cared that she was going to burn the house down!

I had to install an expensive wall timer in the bathroom. This would have been MUCH easier (as long as she didn't unplug it).

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@cengland0: Or you could burn a few brain cells and aggregate the power-leeching items into power strips, so you only need maybe 5 or 6 of these, based on different scheduling requirements and different locations of use around the house. You don't need one for every element in your home theater system, just one for the system that is only on in the evenings... you don't need one for an electric toothbrush, and another for a battery powered razor, and yet another for cell phone charging... all of those can turn on for just a few hours overnight controlled by a single unit.

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@cengland0: Easier way.

Get one of these: www.amazon.com/TrickleStar-TV-TrickleSwitch-Energy-Saver/dp/B002KIDGXI

Then, get this: www.smarthome.com/59991/Woods-Cable-50009-Indoor-7-Day-Heavy-Duty-Digital-Outlet-Timer-with-2-Outlets/p.aspx
...or this...
www.smarthome.com/59337/GE-15089-7-Day-Digital-Plug-In-Lamp-Appliance-Timer/p.aspx

The difference in those is 3-prong outlet vs 2 prong outlet.

The TV controls when power is on to all the other devices I would use it with. The timer (I use the 2-prong version) is connected to a simple power strip (also 2-prong) that the cell phone chargers and stuff are on. Turns off when I leave for work, turns on shortly after I get home, and is on all weekend as well. Simple setup for a simple thing.

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@buzzwang: Sorry, still not convinced. Let's say you have an XBOX 360 or PS3 connected to your TV. It's in the middle of an upgrade while you're watching your cable box. You then turn off your TV, the power then is removed from the game console.

You could actually damage the device if you turned off the power in the middle of an update.

Additionally, items like VCR's and DVD Recorders have dates and time settings. When you remove the power, those get reset and it's a pain in the butt to have to set them again.

I'll pay the extra $100 a year to have the convenience of using my remote controls and having things work the way they are designed.