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Whole House Switch: For Real!


EcoGeek reader Shawn Lancaster recently spotted this awesome little device in his perusings. We blogged a while back about a concept "whole house switch" that turns your house off when you leave, and now...suddenly, it actually exists!

The "Green Switch" sits next to viagra without perscription your front or back door and www.aumm.nl allows home owners to flip the zvezdegranda.rs switch, turning off all connected items when they leave the house. So, for example, the television and light bulbs would all be connected, but the refrigerator would not. The home owner decides what devices are connected to the switch before installation, and the electricians take care of the rest. Or, for a simple DIY, note that the green switch doesn't actually have to be wired to all it's outlets. The Green Switch controls light switches and outlets wirelessly, allowing for extremely simple installation. Though, the initial kit, with four plugs, four light switches, and an integrated, programmable thermostat will set you back about $1,200, which seems a little exorbitant to me.

If only it was controlled by the www.pneumapaniagua.es presence (or lack of presence) of an RFID chip embedded in my body...now that would be convenient.

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written by weee, September 13, 2007
It would be interesting to viagra viagra online see an estimate of very good site cheap viagra uk how long it takes to pay for itself. A time less than 4 years would see it sell.
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Pay off
written by Hank, September 13, 2007
They're saying 1 to 2. But that seems like a big fat lie to me. Especially considering that last two years I paid less than $1200 for electricity total. So it would be hard for them to save me $1200 in two years, unless they started paying for all my bills.

I'm sure it's more useful for someone with air conditioning...and a larger house. Not that I want to promote larger houses. The easiest (and cheapest) way to save on electricity is live in a smaller house...but I don't think HGTV is a big fan of that message.
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Wireless outlets
written by Anders, September 14, 2007
I've solved this issue by installing wireless plugs in my outlets connected to the tv/dvd,computer,wireless internet etc.

The remote to the system features on/off buttons for each group (ie: coputer internet) or the mighty "all off" button wich I use before leving the house or going to cialis online australia bed.

It's not ideal since you miss out most lights but it's cheap and dead easy to install and you can always add on more plugs when needed.
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written by Monotonehell, September 14, 2007
Hank, we've been following your movements via the RFID chip we installed at birth. All we can say is that we're very disappointed in you. *wags finger* smilies/wink.gif
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House switch solutions
written by Ken, September 14, 2007
I am pretty sure X10 sells automated in-wall and socket plugs that do the exact same thing as these. I'd like to know where the installer gets their hardware, since the switches I've seen cost somewhere between 10 and 20 dollars. Much more cost effective to DIY.
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written by HappyCthulhu, September 14, 2007
Ed Begley just had one of these installed in his house on the levitra endurance last episode of Living with Ed on HGTV.
It looked like a pretty easy install and worked just as advertised.
Even his wife thought it was cool.
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SmartHome
written by Gordon Niessen, September 17, 2007
X-10 and Inston both can do this for much less. And I have no idea how they could save you that much even with A/C control. I have my thermostat already set to adjust the temperature from 76 to 80 when I am away. But how does the GreenSwitch know when you are going to return. It can take a home time to bring the home back to a comfortable level.
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Lazy is not my name
written by Dean Cartwright, December 20, 2008
Wow, to spend money on something like this when I can turn off the lights, TV etc. all on my own before I walk out the door!! I refuse to buy cialis professional be that lazy. If the object is only today real levitra without a prescription to save money on utilities by spending money for something I do not need. Now that's just plain wasteful.
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Explorer
written by Ryan, January 07, 2009
This is designed to primarily address the "phantom load," not laziness. Phantom, or vampire, electricity is drawn out of your appliances and electronic devices when they are idle unless you cut it off, like turning off a surge protector will. Unless you unplug devices such as your microwave and female herbal levitra printer each night and whenever you are not using them you could easily be spending hundreds of dollars a year to run them on idle. I am currently doing the www.aagon.de calculations in my own house with a kilowatt meter to see what will work best to stop this phenomenon. I am also exploring smart strips and other devices designed to address this issue.

The wireless outlets post above seems like a good approach because there is more flexibility for the super energy conscious to shut off different systems while still using the house,like the eneterntainment center or kitchen, not just when you leave. The greenswitch on http://visionwidget.com/real-levitra some kind of timer for bed time might also provide more utility.
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Nothing new here
written by Janson, April 29, 2009
"I am pretty sure X10 sells automated in-wall and socket plugs that do the exact same thing as these."

Well they want you to cheapest line viagra think it does. But actually line carrier products while they have been around for a long time are flawed and will always be flawed except for the most simple of levitra professional international mail order functions.

"X-10 and Inston both can do this for much less."

Don't count on that. With all the noise that our government allows on our A.C. lines the line carrier product requires band aid after band aid to operate and then you pray it will be stable with no call backs. My point of view comes from decades of experience with it and my firm won't touch it or sell line carrier products of any kind due to the call backs and problems that arise from it.

The Green Switch is simply another product in a long line of products that are currently on the market from firms like Lutron, WattStopper, Leviton, etc. that control loads via an RF signal. Nothing new here for the most part cept a catchy name and generic cialis sale if I were to buy something like this I would be inclined to go with the previous mentioned firms as they are more likely going to be around tomorrow.
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Phantom Power?
written by Enco, September 10, 2009
Funny how this device that is designed to control "phantom loads", is a "phantom load" itself. The RF circuitry inside this switch is constantly running and consuming power. Perhaps the canada cialis generic outlets reduce more "phantom power" then the device consumes but the light switches do not. When a light is off it is cialis from canadian pharmacy off and consumes no "Phantom Power". However the Green Switch you just installed to control it does.
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written by Keith Sessions, April 20, 2010
But what about the cable box? If I cut the power to mine, it has to boot again when I turn it back on, a process that takes about five minutes. And that would be a real pain.

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