Based on Alliant's chart of avg electricity use, it looks like a smart surge protector is only worth buying if you have a plasma tv. All the other home entertainment and home office products each cost less than 30 cents per month when in use. When powered off they must cost even less than that so a smart protector seems not needed.http://www.powerhousetv.com/wcm/groups/ ... 000296.pdf
However, this site says a smart strip will pay for itself in a year. Who can you trust?http://savegreenly.com/how_much_do_vamp ... cost_u.htm
TheBookPolice wrote:Whatever product you buy will have recommended outlet assignments, but according to Belkin (as I posted above) the PC would go in a slave outlet.
This smart strip says plug the PC or TV in the master outlet, and the peripherals in the slave outlets. Always on devices like DVR go in the Always on slots.http://eartheasy.com/store/proddetail.php?prod=7005.145