Green outlet kills vampire power
If you have a lot of home theater gear or a lot of peripherals plugged into your computer you can bet your stuff is drawing power when you think it's turned off. That runs up your electric bill and cutting that power is better for the environment and saves you money too.
A company called ThinkEco is unveiling a new outlet at CES 2011 called the Modlet. That stands for Modern Outlet and the device is more like one of those surge protectors that actually plugs completely into the outlet and hands from the wall than a replacement outlet that requires you to get an electrician. That is good though because you can just plug the thing in to work.
The outlet comes with a USB transmitter and the outlet plate for $50. It learns when your gear is used and will then automatically turn your equipment off and turn it back on when it is historically used. That sounds pretty cool and if it learns correctly would make a great way to save power without you even having to mess with plugs.
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