Vending machines typically run 24 hours a day, whether anyone is likely to use the machine or not. By powering down the machine when it is not needed, energy consumption can be significantly reduced. The SnackMiser uses a Passive Infrared Sensor (PIR) to power down a non-refrigerated vending machine when no one has been within 25 feet of the machine for the past 15 minutes.
If a customer approaches the machine while powered down, SnackMiser will sense the presence and power up immediately. In addition to reducing energy costs, this will lengthen the expected lifetime of the machine and reduces its exposure to voltage variances.
SnackMiser is a simple external plug-and-play product, being able to be installed on the wall with hand tools. Included with the SnackMiser with Sensor is 1 SnackMiser, 1 Wall Mounting Plate, and 1 PIR Sensor with Mounting Bracket.
To control multiple machines (up to four), a SnackMiser may be purchased without the PIR Sensor, but then use its 10 foot repeater cable to allow it to be controlled from the PIR sensor of the primary SnackMiser.