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Turn Your House Off

Here's a simple concept that belies a much more complicated system underneath (if, in fact, this is more than just a design concept at this point). The Whole House Switch by designer Jack Godfrey Wood is used to turn off all non-essential power in a house from one central location.

Of course, it's not as simple as turning off all power coming into the house. Almost every home has some loads that they want to buy real levitra keep constantly connected, whether those are small, such as clocks, or larger ones like a refrigerator. The household heating and cheap generic cialis ventilation system also needs to remain powered in order to function. Even though it appears as just a single button, this switch needs to be connected to equipment to turn off each circuit in the house, except for those which are reserved for constant power. Specially designated "safe" plugs throughout the house could also be used for devices that would not be disconnected when the viagra online from usa off button was pushed.

At present, this appears to be a purely conceptual design, but a real implementation of this could be an easy way for some people to use their homes with far greater energy efficiency.

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written by Chad, August 03, 2007
I've heard of best price for viagra some interesting ideas for automating this such as linking it to your front door or garage door so that the home would be automatically turned off or on if you forgot to levitra for sale uk do it.

A similar result can be achieved on a smaller scale by centrally locating a home's audio/video and PC equipment and putting them on one switch to keep them from draining power while not in use.
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written by הדפסה על קנבס, August 05, 2007
Separate power circuits would be simpler
written by Edward Welbourne, August 05, 2007
I don't know how you do it in North America, but my limited understanding of British electricity supply is cheapest propecia pharmacy online that each house has several main circuits, each of which has its own master fuse at the point where the power comes into the home.
Thus it's quite usual for the lights to all be on one circuit, the downstairs power points on another and the upstairs on a third.
UK electrical safety rules ensure that a fuse blows as close to the error as possible (there's a fuse in the device, a fuse in the plug at the far end of its wire, a fuse in the socket that plug goes into in the wall, a fuse in the master curcuit that's on and a fuse for the house).
Something has to go pretty seriously wrong to generic cialis free shipping take down even one circuit, but the levitra without prescription break-down by circuits means your fridge doesn't lose power when the lights blow a fuse.

It only takes a tiny extension of this idea to solve the problem this guy's playing with, and to do it quite straightforwardly: wire the house with one circuit for the "always on" kit (and use visibly different sockets in the wall on generic viagra sale that circuit) and the rest of the house as above.
Then have a master switch by the fuse box, which turns off all circuits except the "always on" one.

At least some businesses do something fairly close to this already: they have one circuit that's wired to the UPS (and marked as such) for the sake of mission-critical equipment; while the bulk of levitra cialis viagra price electrical kit's wired to the general mains.
written by Erik, August 06, 2007
I want a switch like this to control my teenagers speech. They waste energy more than anyone.
The world is waiting for this
written by Yael Miller, August 06, 2007
I was thinking it would be great to have a way to kill phantom powered devices when you're out of the house - just like you flip off the usa levitra kitchen light when you leave in the morning. If someone actually designs this, makes it easy to only best offers generic levitra effective install, is low maintenance and is not overly expensive - it could be revolutionary. I'm just wondering why it hasn't been done on this level until now.
Brilliantly simple
written by marguerite manteau-rao, August 07, 2007
Love it! A great example of brilliantly executed idea, and simple execution. If there were more products like this out there, I would run out of material for my blog . . .
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a simple switch
written by Ryan, August 07, 2007
With this situation, I think the idea of having two main lines would work, with a switch at every outlet. On one side of the switch, it enables master shut off, the other, always on. Not sure how feasible that is.
Hotel Example
written by Bob, August 10, 2007
Slightly off topic, but still related ...

My wife and I just returned from China and viagra pfizer 50 mg in our hotel room there was a slot in the wall to place your room e-key. Putting your key in this slot (and leaving it inserted) turned on the room's power.

While it would have been nice to leave the air conditioner on while we were out, in a country trying to reduce power consumption this was a great idea. I hope it comes to North American hotels (and maybe a modified version like described in the article in homes) soon.
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written by buck buchanan, October 31, 2007
Does anyone know who makes the hotel room system that you insert your key to turn on the power?

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