Not all power strips are created equal. Most of them do a decent job of surge protection, some act as an extra backup battery in the event of a power outage, and another type is made especially to help you save money on your electric bill.

Modern televisions, surround sound equipment, computers, monitors, and even toasters can pull watts even when they appear off. Typically, the most taxing area of your home electronically is your entertainment center even when you’re not using your TV, amplifier, speakers, gaming console, and disc player. There is a way to reduce this unnecessary expense with the help of a power strip that helps you manage power consumption when these devices aren’t actively being used.

Belkin has a couple power strips available. One is the BG108000-04 energy saving surge strip which features surge protection coupled with a remote control allowing you to cut power to a set of devices while keeping others on.

Another is the Conserve Smart AV F7C007q which automatically shuts off other electronics in the chain if it detects that the primary device has been turned off. Typically, the television would be used as the control device shutting off the disc player and surround sound system along with any other connected electronics.

Addition: The Smart Strip LGP3 is also a great automatically managed power strip designed to save you money in much the same way as the F7C007q.

Whether you’re cutting excessive energy costs by shutting down electronics individually or cutting their power entirely, it never hurts to have the aid of convenience to make it easier to save a buck.

Do you use a power management system to keep energy usage in check in your home? If so, what do you use and how much has it impacted your bill? Comments are welcome and encouraged.