UFO Power Center
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The UFO Power Center is a revolutionary power saving device. A four–outlet, smart power strip that helps you manage the energy use of home appliances, eliminate stand-by power, and save electricity.

  • Real–time feedback — understand the energy each individual electrical devices uses and its cost
  • Socket Schedules — automatically turn off appliances when not in use, reduce stand–by power
  • Socket Roles — automatically turn on appliances when needed, reduce stand–by power
  • Socket Timers — start your appliances at off–peak times
  • iPhone and iPad interfaces — ease of use, no PC needed
  • True Automation — make your home more energy efficient with modern technology
  • WiFi Connectivity — make it part of your wireless home network, no additional gateway needed
  • IP Device — connect to the Visible Energy Web Portal, upgrade software over the Internet
Check by yourself! Use our free EnergyUFO app and experience what you can do with a UFO Power Center before owning one.

How much money can you save?

Rule of thumb: 1W = 1.00$ per year. That is, for every Watt of reduction in electricity usage, you save $1 per year on your electrical bill.*

The precise total of electricity and money that the UFO helps you save depends on what appliances are powered with the UFO, the type of appliance and its usage. The main way the UFO cuts consumption is by using automation to make sure that there is no standby power consumption.

According to a 2004 report prepared by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the California Energy Commission, the amount of electricity used in standby power in California homes, is more than 15% of total consumption.**

In addition to reducing standby power, the UFO helps you save energy by automatically turning appliances on only when needed or to start them during off-peak hours.

While home monitors and smart meters can only guess the amount of savings, with the UFO you know exactly how much you save for each specific appliance. Read some typical uses of the UFO Power Center below, and see how you can attain even greater energy savings.

* Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, http://standby.lbl.gov/faq.html
** "Developing and Testing Low Power Mode Measurement Methods", September 2004, California Energy Commission, prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Energy Savings in home entertainment systems

The UFO Power Center provides an elegant and effective solution to mitigate the passive and active standby power problem. It is possible to cut energy usage in home entertainment system by more than 50%, without changing any viewing habits or having to perform daily on/off operations manually.

Below is an example of savings in a home entertainment system.

Baseline weekly energy cost

The baseline was obtained over a week of normal watching pattern, including an evening out, without any automation settings in the UFO. After one week, the average daily consumption was of 4.18 kWhr or $0.75 (at $0.18 per kWhr).

Using Automation

The measures taken to drastically cut energy consumption involve the simple observation that there is no reason to keep the appliances turned on when there is nobody at home. However, since there is a TiVo, the schedule has been set around the evening times of prime television rather than strict home occupancy. The first thing was then to set a Schedule for the other set-top boxes sockets to be powered on only from 6pm to 11pm.

The second saving measure is about reducing the time the AV Receiver/Mixer and the TV stay powered on. Unlike the TiVo, there is no reason to turn on either one unless somebody is watching. This makes the two perfect to use in sockets with Roles. I set the socket TV as Master with a low threshold of 2 Watts, and the AV Mixer as Slave.

Calculating the savings

After adding the simple automation settings described above, I used the home entertainment system for another week and then checked the weekly consumption again. The average daily energy consumption is now of 2.1 kWhr a day or $0.37 (at $0.18 per kWhr) which is 50% of the energy used without a UFO.

Read the full article: "How the UFO Power Center saves 50% of energy in my home entertainment system"

What people are saying

The UFO Power Center, besides being the coolest and most versatile power strip I've ever owned, has also taught me precisely how much energy various things around my house use. The software is really neat and makes the unit easy to demonstrate to friends. That is part of the design, energy conservation as a conversation starter. You can use the UFO Power Center to evangelize on behalf of Mother Earth.
— David Coursey
We use the UFO to monitor energy use in our conference room. We have a computer, large monitor, and lighting plugged into the Energy UFO. It's great to be able to see the energy used by each device and take steps to modify our energy use when necessary.
— Santa Barbara Community Environmental Council
The EnergyUFO app for iPhone is really the best non-game app ever!
— Silvio Revelli
I have a normal entertainment setup, with LCD TV, stereo, DVD/VCR combo, Wii, and cable box. Turns out that it burned about 35 watts 24 hours a day. My family uses it only 4 hours a day. So I set a simple schedule on the UFO, within 10 minutes of setting it up, turning things off at night and on when we're home. I saw the results immediately.
— Ken Novak
To make improvements in efficiency, first you have to find, measure and monitor the inefficiencies. And to do this, you need technology.
— "Sixth Wave" by James Bradfield Moody and Bianca Nogrady

What exactly is standby power?

According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory*:

“Most experts agree that standby power is electricity used by appliances and equipment while they are switched off or not performing their primary function. That power is consumed by power supplies (the black cubes — sometimes called "vampires" — converting AC into DC), the circuits and sensors needed to receive a remote signal, soft keypads and displays including miscellaneous LED status lights. Standby power use is also caused by circuits that continue to be energized even when the device is "off".

Almost any product with an external power supply, remote control, continuous display (including an LED), or charges batteries will draw power continuously. Sometimes there is no obvious sign of continuous power consumption and you need a meter to be certain.”

The amount of electricity used in standby power in California homes, is more than 15% of total consumption.**

*http://standby.lbl.gov/faq.html
** "Developing and Testing Low Power Mode Measurement Methods", September 2004, California Energy Commission, prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Use the UFO Power Center in your Home Entertainment System

Table 1: Standby Power of Common Appliances*
Appliance Average (W) Min (W) Max (W)
AV Mixer 44.20 14.20 87.40
LCD TV 1.60 0.20 18.40
Projection TV 31.40 0.80 90.50
Plasma TV 1.40 0.10 3.20
DVD Player 8.80 3.80 19.20
DVR 27.80 18.40 38.80
Set Top Box 17.80 14.50 22.20
Home Theatre 24.10 6.00 51.00
Subwoofer 11.00 2.10 24.70
Stereo System 16.50 3.50 39.40
Media Center PC 86.90 61.90 111.90

Note: this is consumption in standby, when the appliance is NOT in use. Consumption while in use will be considerably higher.

* "Appliance Standby Power Consumption: Store Survey 2005/2006", Ministerial Council of Energy of the Australian National Framework for Energy Efficiency and the New Zealand National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy.

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Use the UFO Power Center in your Home Office

Table 2: Standby Power of Common Appliances*
Appliance Average (W) Min (W) Max (W)
Fax/Copier 8.60 3.20 19.30
HD/CPU Box 4.20 4.10 4.30
Laptop 1.40 0.80 2.30
LCD/CRT Monitor 36.40 14.80 60.90
PC Speakers 7.50 2.40 9.90
Laser Printer 8.20 2.30 22.40
Portable Heater 1.70 0.70 3.00
Power Supply 0.70 0.00 2.80

Note: this is consumption in standby, when the appliance is NOT in use. Consumption while in use will be considerably higher.

* "Appliance Standby Power Consumption: Store Survey 2005/2006", Ministerial Council of Energy of the Australian National Framework for Energy Efficiency and the New Zealand National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy.

Use the UFO Power Center in your Kitchen

Table 3: Standby Power of Common Appliances*
Appliance Average (W) Min (W) Max (W)
Microwave Oven 3.00 0.00 5.50
Handheld Vacuum Cleaner 7.40 1.50 31.50
Espresso Machine 3.60 2.90 4.10
Toaster 0.30 0.00 2.30
Dishwasher 2.70 0.40 7.40
Washing Machine 0.90 0.40 11.80
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Washing Machine
3.20 0.80 5.20
Dryer 5.50 2.00 9.60
Juicer 0.30 0.00 4.80

Note: this is consumption in standby, when the appliance is NOT in use. Consumption while in use will be considerably higher.

* "Appliance Standby Power Consumption: Store Survey 2005/2006", Ministerial Council of Energy of the Australian National Framework for Energy Efficiency and the New Zealand National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy.

A perfect match for your idevice

Check by yourself. Use our free EnergyUFO app and experience what you can do with a UFO Power Center before owning one.

Italian Design, American Ingenuity, Taiwanese Craftsmanship

While the concept and the technology of the UFO Power Center is developed in Silicon Valley, its whimsical shape reminiscent of a flying saucer is the creation of Italian designers who are members of our distinguished technical staff.

The distinctive award winning UFO design is a conversation starter that demonstrates your commitment to energy conservation and sustainability.

A world class manufacturer based in Taiwan, with factories in China, is manufacturing the Visible Energy products.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q Is a subscription required or is there any additional costs?

There is no subscription and no additional costs.

Q How much can I save?

The total amount of electricity and money that the UFO can help you saving depends on what appliances are powered with the UFO, the type of appliance and its usage. The main way the UFO cuts consumption is by using automation to make sure that there is no standby power consumption. A saving of $50 per year is easily achievable with a mix of home appliances.

Q Is a PC needed?

There is no need for a PC to use the UFO Power Center. Compare the UFO with other products that require your PC to be always on.

Q Why is the UFO better than a home monitor or a smart meter?

With the UFO you see what you are saving a socket at a time. A home monitor or a smart meter can only give you at best an indication, not a measure, of how much energy a home appliance is using.

Q What do I need to start using the UFO?

You will need a Wi-Fi access point and either an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad with the free EnergyUFO application.

Q Do I need an Internet connection?

An Internet connection is not necessary. If your home network is connected to the Internet through a router, the UFO Power Center will send anonymous energy consumption data to our servers. In the near future you will be able to take advantage of our Energy Portal to access the UFO from the Internet.

Q How safe is the UFO Power Center?

The UFO is made with non-flammable material and is a very safe device when used accordingly with our Safety Precautions. The UFO Power Center complies with U.S. and Canadian safety standards for electrical products.