Originally Posted by blackssr
How does the smart power strip work? Does it know when the server goes to sleep? My electric bill is pushing $ 550.00 / month now. ;-(.
It works based on the current draw. When it falls below a certain threshold, it cuts power to the outlets that are controlled by the master outlet.
The first power strip I tried was the Belkin. Which did not work for me since the PC in standby/off drew around 4.5 watts and would not shut off power. So I tried one that was adjustable so you could set the turn off point.
So as soon as the power draw goes above that point, the slave outlets are supplied power and my enclosures power up. And when it drops below power is cut. It does delay it by a few seconds before turning on or turning off power to the slave outlets.
The Power Strip I use was the Smart Strip LCG3. They also have one with few outlets. But since there is a manual adjustment they seem like the best option.
I've become more energy conscious the last few years since electricity prices have gone up so much. So I don't leave my computer equipment running 24/7 like I used to.
Although in the Winter I do leave them running more and run the heating system less. It actually costs me less money in the winter this way.