I recently purchased a Smart Strip
[brand] Energy Saving Power Strip with Autoswitching Technology. I am pretty tickled with it so I thought I'd share with the forum. Ok... it's not X10 automation.. but it's still good automation.
I have used a couple of these at work some time ago. They were pretty pricey back then. I was kinda surprised to see them at a Meijers
right along with the other powerstrips, surge protectors, and extention cords. It was even reasonably
priced at about $30.
The device has a plug/receptacle for control, two always on, and four controlled receptacles. Turning on the device plugged into the control... causes the device to supply power to the four controlled plugs. Turn off the device plugged into the control and the controlled devices lose their power.
I got the strip for my wife's computer. She sometimes leaves the desk while the PC shuts down... often the monitor and or printer is left on. Of course both have sleep modes they go into.. but still a few watts are used with nothing accomplished. Now when the PC is turned on... the speakers and monitor also get power.. and the printer has power... if its needed. And when the PC is shut down... everything loses the power when the PC completes its shutdown.