Common Surge protector allows only one main power switch for all the outlets. Belkin’s engineers tweaked the drawing board and came out with an energy saver surge protector. The new Conserve Surge Protector offers 8 outlets in which 6 of them can be turned off via a remote so you are able to shut off miscellaneous items on the ‘remoted’ outlets and keep the main 2 outlets on. The Popular Mechanics likes it so much, they picked the Belkins as Popular Mechanics' Editor's Choice Award at the CES 2008. The device is neither an automated nor a programmable outlets; it’s still rely on user to trigger the switcher, except with a remote this time. If you are a lazy person, it is not going to save your electronic bill.