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Works great but may not save as much $ as advertised,
This review is from: Smart Strip LCG3 Energy Saving Surge Protector with Autoswitching Technology, 10-Outlet (Tools & Home Improvement)
We love this product and it works well.
My issue is with the description on the box of how much money using this device can save. By their figures, the device, when used with an "average" computer system, saves 113 KWH per month; at 15 cents/kwh (about what we pay in the Philadelphia area) that would be about $203/year.
We have a typical 3-year-old Dell Dimension desktop computer, LCD monitor, printer, sound system, and DSL modem that together consume about 14 watt hrs. in standby (I checked with a Kill-A-Watt meter). Using the LCG3 reduces the standby power draw to 1 watt hr. So, assuming 12 hrs. standby/day x 13 watts saved/hr. x 365 days x 15 cents/kwh gives an annual savings estimate of about $8.50/year (for 57 kwh/year saved), a much more realistic $ savings estimate for today's computers.
However, we bought this smart strip to help reduce electricity demand and greenhouse gases from power plants, so perhaps the most important benefits aren't strictly financial. And electricity prices have nowhere to go but up.
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Initial post: Aug 13, 2012 9:08:09 PM PDT
Scott Cook says:
Except that producing the strip has a bigger carbon footprint than you will ever save with it. So unless you had no power strip & were going to buy one anyway, that's a poor justification.
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