CES 2011: ThinkEco’s Modlet Saver Plug

Among the many eco-tech innovations debuting this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is the Modlet by ThinkEco, Inc., said to be the first wirelessly-communicating intelligent outlet that reduces energy otherwise wasted by appliances and other consumer electronics at the plug.

The Modlet (short for ‘modern outlet’), which we profiled last year, works by controlling power consumption with a web-based interface that allows users to see where they are wasting energy. Users can then choose to save energy by eliminating the vampire power consumed by many appliances during ‘sleep’ mode, via savings plan options generated by the Modlet. According to the company, the Modlet can save the average consumer 10% on energy bills with “minimal effort.”

image via ThinkEco

The technology was chosen by the CES trade show as a Design and Engineering Awards Honoree and will be displayed in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention at the show’s Innovations Showcase. No word yet on retail costs, but the Modlet is said to pay for itself within six months.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • anne steinberg

      The modlet will retail for $50 which includes the two-plug modlet and a USB receiver. Savings of up to 10% on your electricity bill can be had on average between 6-9 months.

    • JJ

      My brother is always complaining about his electric bill, he would probably love this. The only thing it’s missing is Iphone connectivity. It would be fiya if you could check and turn off your outlets via smart phone.