Smart PowerStrips: A no-brainer for business

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Being Green isn’t that hard and has to start somewhere.

Swap out your power strips with Smart Power.

I recently picked up a motion detection power strip for my office which is pretty nice. My PC plugged into an ‘always on’ outlet and everything else (monitors, speakers, scanner and printer) plugged into outlets that turn off automatically if no motion is detected for 5 minutes. The motion sensor is placed under my desk so as long as a wiggle a leg now and then, everything stays on. When I leave for the day or even for a few minutes, I can rest assured that I am not wasting power or money. Multiply that by the 30-40 other workstations here and the annual savings is pretty significant.

Here is the math to help you figure it out:

  • (1) one killowatt hour costs $.13
  • My PC draws 200 watts/hr. (200 * 24 hours = 4,800 watts (4.8 kilowatts) for a total of $.624 per day, $227.76 per year) – this stays on for remote access
  • On average I’m sitting at the desk say 6 hours per weekday day
  • My peripherals draw a total of 180 watts/hr. (180 * ~20 hours = 3,600 watts (3.6 kilowatts) for a total of ($.468 per day, $170.82 per year) – these get turned off

At 40 PCs in the office and all using the same calculations, the first year I would save $6,833 less the cost of the power strips (about $90 delivered). All total, year one I would save $3,233 and over three years a total of $16,899 in savings! My accountant’s office with more than 150 workstations would pocket more than $25,623 per year in expense reductions. If you don’t need remote access to the PC, even better, turn all of it off.

There are plenty of options and choices out there, the one I picked up is the Isole IDP-305 available at

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