Watch, And Control, Your Energy Consumption Like A Hawk With Belkin’s WeMo Insight

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Joining Belkin’s armada of WeMo home-automation devices today is the WeMo Insight Switch. Like the plain-vanilla WeMo Switch, the Insight Switch will let you power on or off whatever is connected to its outlet via the WeMo iOS or Android app. Unlike the regular Switch, the Insight lets you also see exactly how much money you’er spending on juice, and adds more control flexibility.

The timers are pretty cool: You can plug a light into the Insight Switch and set a schedule to switch it on and off at a particular time. Or you can set it to switch on at sunset and off at sunrise and the app will keep it synced with local sunrise/sunset times.

And just like the Switch, the Insight Switch works with IFTTT, a system that uses simple language and popular services (Foursquare, Facebook, email servers) to create sets of instructions.

The original Belkin Insight simply plugged into an outlet and displayed how much juice was flowing though it — no wifi connectivity or any control razzmatazz. Considering how useful we found it,  the Insight version of the WeMo Switch seems like a steal over the regular WeMo Switch, which is only $10 cheaper.

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About the author

Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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