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saving money on electricity use... might be a silly question

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MarathonKnitter
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saving money on electricity use... might be a silly question

i keep reading about plugging things into a surge protector to save on electricity used.

can someone REALLY dumb this down for me?

am i plugging things in and then, when not in use, flicking the switch ON THE SURGE PROTECTOR??

can i do this with the cable box? it always seems to need to "reboot" whenever i have to unplug it, for whatever reason.

is there anything that i DON'T want to do this with?

Posted 2/23/09 4:17 PM
 
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Re: saving money on electricity use... might be a silly question

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Posted 2/23/09 4:21 PM
 

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Re: saving money on electricity use... might be a silly question

I do this at my house. Yes, you plug things into the strip, then turn the strip off when you aren't using the devices.

I have all my video games on one switch. My printers are on a switch. My DVDs/VCRs and stereo are on another strip.

You don't want the DVR on a strip, or anything that needs to be on 24/7.

Many devices suck power even when they are "off".

Posted 2/23/09 4:23 PM
 

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Re: saving money on electricity use... might be a silly question

DH & I just spoke about it yesterday. I was wondering how much money we could save if our house had an off switch for everything.

He said the refrigerator, cable box & fish tank (filter) are the only things we'd need on. Our alarm clocks reset themselvers so we don't have to worry about that.

Posted 2/23/09 4:23 PM
 

ave1024
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Re: saving money on electricity use... might be a silly question

Buy a KWH meter to take electrical readings and see what devices use the most (or least power).

You will be surprised how little power the cablebox uses when it's not on. I personally wouldn't bother flipping the surge on that.

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Posted 2/23/09 4:25 PM
 

Sash
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Re: saving money on electricity use... might be a silly question

I tell you one thing, next year I am investing in one of those amish heaters, because my electric bill is ridiculous.

Posted 2/23/09 4:28 PM
 

MarathonKnitter
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Re: saving money on electricity use... might be a silly question

thanks for clearing that up for me





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this made me PIMP!
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Posted 2/23/09 4:55 PM
 

Tabitha

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Re: saving money on electricity use... might be a silly question

Posted by GoldenRod

I do this at my house. Yes, you plug things into the strip, then turn the strip off when you aren't using the devices.

I have all my video games on one switch. My printers are on a switch. My DVDs/VCRs and stereo are on another strip.

You don't want the DVR on a strip, or anything that needs to be on 24/7.

Many devices suck power even when they are "off".




i agree with all of this. we do this too!

Posted 2/23/09 5:17 PM
 

1stimemom
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Re: saving money on electricity use... might be a silly question

Posted by BJandDan

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May I ask why? I just bought a fridge and the salesman recommended that I use a surge protector.Chat Icon

Posted 2/23/09 6:28 PM
 

Blazesyth
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Re: saving money on electricity use... might be a silly question

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Posted by BJandDan

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May I ask why? I just bought a fridge and the salesman recommended that I use a surge protector.Chat Icon



Because the OP is planning to use the surge protector to turn off the power to save $$$ - not protect against surges.

Posted 2/23/09 7:07 PM
 

Lisa
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Re: saving money on electricity use... might be a silly question

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Posted by BJandDan

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May I ask why? I just bought a fridge and the salesman recommended that I use a surge protector.Chat Icon



you shouldnt use a surge protector for an applance like a refrigerator. It should be plugged right into the outlet. It draws too much electricity and could burn out the surge protector and start a fire. Its the same for an AC unit

Posted 2/23/09 8:15 PM
 

LightUpOurLife
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Re: saving money on electricity use... might be a silly question

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Posted by BJandDan

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May I ask why? I just bought a fridge and the salesman recommended that I use a surge protector.Chat Icon



no no no no no... she asked is there anything that she shouldn't turn the power off to... so I said fridge Chat Icon

Posted 2/23/09 9:22 PM
 
 

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