Sunday, June 3, 2012

Did I leave something on?

I do not know about other people but I hate the nagging feeling if I have left something on at home (my wife if she left the curling iron on).  I was looking around today at some options to turn off the power remotely or on a timer.  Here are a couple that I found from ThinkEco and Belkin that will likely be on my list to get here soon.

The Modlet from ThinkEco can be controlled via a web browser or iPhone/Android app.  It also has statistics on power usage.  The price is a little high at $50 but the cost savings and piece of mind might be worth it.


http://www.thinkecoinc.com/Product/Index
http://themodlet.com/index.html

The Belkin outlet is more reasonable at $10 and has a 30 minute, 3 hour, and 6 hour turn off times.  Granted it does not have remote turn off feature through a browser or app, but it would still be good none the less.


http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Conserve-Socket-F7C009q-Energy-Saving/dp/B003P2UMS0

**Update**
 I did find this motion activated one called SensorPlug that can also be useful in other applications as well.  The device seems to have gotten some good reviews.  The cost for this one is $10.


http://www.amazon.com/SensorPlug-Motion-Sensor-Outlet-Plug/dp/B000A3CIUW

10 comments:

  1. Ooh! I need the timer one. I forget to turn off my hair straightener all the time!

    Where do you find this stuff?

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    1. I actually saw the Modlet on This Old House best products of 2011 and was looking around for alternatives when I saw the one from Belkin. I am not a big fan of Belkin since their cables are overly expensive for what they do but they do have some interesting side products.

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  2. Wow, this great! I have the tendency to keep the lights on so this would work nicely and my husband would be pleased to have a back up! Putting it on my list!!! Thank you!!!!!!

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    1. I updated the post with a motion sensor plug for lamps (or other devices) that might be useful to you as well. It can be set to work only at night and with an interval up to 6 minutes. There were some interesting reviews with people using it to scare away animals outside.

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  3. If you are going to get up to $50 for an outlet you might just want to start yourself down a true home automation rabbit hole, that way you can check everything you want in your house from some type of app/browser.

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    1. Very true. I was also looking at this too which is more of a full solution:
      http://www.smarthome.com/android_apps.html

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  4. I can't find your flooring choices. What did you end up choosing for carpet and padding? You seem really thorough, so I'd love to hear your opinion.

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    1. I condensed my selections onto this page.

      http://ravennaspeed.blogspot.com/p/selectionsoptions.html

      You are right though, I did not have the carpet selections listed before, but you are the first person to ask! :-)

      Went with the 8 lb. pad on the first floor and basement since that is where we will likely be most of the time, where guests will be, and since the basement has the slab underneath. The second floor we went with the 6 lb. pad since the floor has some "give" anyways and is not really needed upstairs. Got the carpet with a variety of colors in it to help blend in any accidents which are inevitable.

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  5. Do you have any sprinkler ideas? I'm looking for an easy way to water my huge yard without having an actual sprinkler system installed.

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    1. What do you think about this one? I have been thinking about using this at least initially.

      http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20052918,00.html

      Can buy it here at Amazon:
      http://www.amazon.com/Watering-Made-Easy-SS11-Sprinkler/dp/B0002IVURM

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