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Review and Giveaway! Smart Strip Energy Saving Smart Surge Protector by Bits Limited

October 22nd, 2012 by Lisa

Monday, October 29, 2012 at 6:45 am PST.  This giveaway is now OVER.  Thanks to all who entered!  The winner has been randomly chosen.  Congratulations Jeanne!

Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

I am always thinking of ways to save money.  I have been a stay-at-home mom for almost ten years and have had to find ways to cut back on our family’s spending in order to make the best use of the money we have.  One of the ways we try to save money in our house is by turning off electrical devices when we aren’t using them.  Turning off lights, televisions, unplugging video games and DVD players.  Sometimes it’s hard to remember to do this, especially for kids.  They play with the Wii and then just take off when they’re done, leaving mom or dad to unplug the device.

Now, with the Bits Limited Smart Strip Energy Saving Smart Surge Protector, these devices can be turned off AUTOMATICALLY!  How great is that?  Less energy dollars spent and less energy spent nagging!

I must confess that I do not do too well in the technology department.  In fact, sometimes I actually think technology “hates” me.  I’m always having to ask my hubby (and sometimes my 12 year-old) to bale me out.  This is why I was surprised at how simple this smart strip is to use.

My sample smart strip came with three different colored bulbs (blue, red, green) and some plug-ins to use to test my strip.  I plugged in the blue bulb into the blue “Control Outlet” on the strip.  This was to represent our television, which gets turned off when we aren’t watching it.  I plugged the red bulb into the red “Constant Hot Outlets” position.  This was to be our cable box, which should never be turned off, lest I want to miss DVR-ing an important show.  Lastly, I plugged the green bulb into the green “Automatically Switched Outlets” spot.  This represented our Wii console or our Blu-ray player, which should be turned off when not in use.   I turned the strip on.  All three lights lit up.

The Bits Limited Smart Strip Energy Saving Smart Surge Protector is configured so that when your “Control Outlet” device is turned off, the devices you have plugged into the “Automatically Switched Outlets” will turn off automatically.

To test this, I turned off the blue (television) bulb.  Just like that, the green (Wii console)  bulb went off as well!  The red (cable box) stayed on.  Eureka!

OK.  Now for some technical stuff:

“The Bits Limited Smart Strip Energy Saving Smart Surge Protector is made from recycled materials and can save $40 per year per surge protector.

Most people don’t realize even when a product is “off” it’s still pulling energy from the grid and costing them money.  This surge protector “virtually” unplugs your products when not in use.”

You can check out more technical specifications HERE.

I can see that this is going to work perfectly in our house and I’ll bet it will work perfectly in yours!

You can purchase the Bits Limited Smart Strip Energy Saving Smart Surge Protector ($29.95) directly from Bits Limited.

I am happy to be able to give away one of these great  Bits Limited Smart Strip Energy Saving Smart Surge Protectors to one lucky reader!

*Please note that the test kit (bulbs and connectors) are not included in this giveaway.

To enter this giveaway, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.

That’s all!

This giveaway will run from today (Monday, October 22, 2012) until Friday, October 26, 2012 at 5pm Pacific Time.

The winner will be notified by email.

Good luck!!!

50 Responses to “Review and Giveaway! Smart Strip Energy Saving Smart Surge Protector by Bits Limited”

  1. What a great frugal idea and this would be a great addition to hubby’s Christmas stocking as he’s so “green” about our energy consumption.

    Now I gotta get the laundry hung on the line.

  2. Love these power strips. We got 2 when our electric company came to do a free “energy assessment” of our home. They work great, and i am already thinking of other areas in the house i could use more.

  3. I know about electricity vampires, but I’m always confused about things that have clocks attached. If I turn them off, do I have to continually re-set the clock? If I don’t, they’re using energy!

  4. I would love a bunch of these! We have recently become two families living in one household and this would help ease a bit of the stress as well as bring that old electric bill back down. Even if I don’t win, I am definitely going to start looking for it. Where would I most likely find it, hardware stores or ___mart stores?

  5. Would love to give this to my husband.

  6. What a great idea! This would be so wonderful for my teenage son who thinks that it’s too hard to reach behind the computer, etc and turn it off.

  7. PLEASE!

  8. entering the giveaway!

  9. What a great idea – would love one of these!

  10. What a useful item! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  11. What a great idea. Would love to give it a try….

  12. that is amazing. I would really like to try it.

  13. wow…this is a great item. I too am confused by the technology but all I would have to do is plug it in.:)

  14. WOW!! This is brilliant!!! I am definitely getting them for the house!! :)

  15. Great idea!

  16. This is awesome! I didn’t know such a product existed…Great idea to save on one of the highest bills for many of us. I can use this nifty tool to save time and money. Thanks for the info, will be on the lookout for this product, could use one in each room!

  17. very cool, never seen this before, our power off switches for many of our items are out of reach, would have to pull out furniture, etc every time to turn things off. It was just never worth it. This looks perfect to solve that issue

  18. They are always coming up with something that I need. Good green idea.

  19. Well that sounds like something we could really use at our house – what a great idea.

  20. I would love to hang this on the wall for availability to use! Thank you for another great giveaway!

  21. What a clever idea! I did not know a surge protector that was smarter than I am even existed!

  22. Oh this is one awesome gift Stephanie!!! :) Oh wow,as high as my electricity bill has been,this would be a lifesaver for me n my family ? this would also come in handy and save us money in the long run,and I like so many,can definitely use this,like NOW! Lol :) Wow,these giveaway ideas seem to get better n better,thank U sooooo very much for making this easy for us,and what an amazing economical product,especially in these hard times :) God bless ur heart Lisa Irvine and Stephanie O’Dea Giveaways for this wonderful opportunity,enjoy ur week ahead :) BiggestWarmestHugsandLove xoxo ? ? ?~Tg

  23. This is so cool! I am thinking that this would be great for all the electronics that are associated with our morning dash out the door! Hot water, Crock pot could stay on, Phone charger, TV or Music…. Wa Hoo! Thank you for all the giveaway’s (and Christmas Ideas!)

  24. How Awesome! Something that can be the maid coming behind the kids!!!! We need this :)

  25. What a great idea! I could definitely use that!

  26. This would be so helpful to have around the house!!

  27. I would love to try this to help save on the high electricity bill since I live where air conditioning is essential so many months out of the year. Great research!

  28. I would love to have this around the house. Trying to get my kids into recycling and conserving enery!

  29. I just told my husband last week that I need anew electrical strip….this one fits the bill perfectly! If I win this I’ll be thrilled, if not I know what to shop for 😉

  30. Would love to win this powerstrip!

    Also, your blog is fabulous. Love it !

  31. This would be GREAT.
    I’d love one for hubby!

  32. My Dad would adore this! Thanks for the giveaway!


  34. Considering how many electronics we have plugged into our numerous surge protectors, this would be awesome for our house! Gonna have to check these out. :)

  35. Wow–this is fantastic. I think I’ll order some regardless of whether I win or not. Too good to pass up.
    Thanks for helping us save $$!

  36. thanks for this giveaway!

  37. This is super cool, and will get lots of use in my household! Thanks!

  38. I’m always looking for ways to save money. This would certainly get put to good use in my house! Great giveaway!!!

  39. Was just looking at these on amazon – really interesting. Mr. HoneyHoney has recently started just turning off the whole power strip, which leaves me very annoyed: no lamp. This would be a much better solution.

  40. Pick me!

  41. This would be great for our entertainment area and DH would still have the cable box “on” so his list of shows he records wouldn’t get disrupted. Yeah!

  42. Oh my goodness! Amazing! I want to win this!

  43. Always need this around the house! Entering the giveaway!

  44. With all the electronics in our house this is perfect!

  45. I would love one of these! Living in Florida with all the thunderstorms, I already lost a flat screen tv :-(

  46. What a great idea – thanks for the giveaway and even if I don’t win, we will probably give it a try….way too many times the Wii or DVD player has been left on overnight! Thanks so much!

  47. I could really use this Smart Strip!

  48. Wow, love new technology…..

  49. Even if I don’t win, thanks for the education!

  50. This is great. After we moved into a smaller place, I have been looking for one of these for the living room media. They used to be called a vampire-switch (not sure why) to turn off power completely.

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