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.”
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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