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An anonymous reader writes "Wouldn't it be convenient if you had just one switch to power-off the whole house? Something like what you have at hotels, but over there it's your room key that does the trick. For homes its better to fit the Whole House-Off Switch by designer Jack Godfrey Wood. The idea behind the concept is to turn off of the unnecessary power in the house when you step out, with a single switch. The Whole House-Off Switch was designed to make "the green way the most convenient way," and was part of a larger project to "encourage 'green' action among the environmentally disenfranchised.""
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The Whole House-Off Switch

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  • It's on the right of the fusebox.
    • by HTH NE1 (675604)

      I've already got one. It's on the right of the fusebox.

      Except that turns off all the necessary devices that need to stay on to function as well. (Which was also TFA's complaint.)

      Thing is, you can build such a switch yourself using kits from your local Menards or Home Depot or other such places. It's a little box that sits between the device and its power, and an RF transmitter. All non-essential electronics you can put behind these devices and have one switch turn them all on or off. You can even set up multiple frequencies for different sets of circuits.

      I

  • There are several classes of appliances, and several classes of what you'd like done.
    There are things you don't want turned off -- electric water heat, generally, and probably all your clocks.
    There are things you want to turn off completely because they sit around and suck up power even when they're supposedly off -- televisions, vcr's, and the like.
    There are things that actually turn off -- cheap old toasters. They don't need this kind of stuff.
    The problem is the phantom loads that you see with TV's and o

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