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Electricity Savings Possible With Wireless Device


Green Lifestyle  (tags: conservation, coolstuff, energy, greenproducts, greenliving, home, Sustainabililty, sustainable, electricity, phantom power, power )

Michael
- 1291 days ago - cbc.ca
A U.S. company is planning to offer consumers a wireless device which will automatically turn off appliances when they're not in use.



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Michael O. (170)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 5:29 am
ThinkEco Inc. of New York said the "modlet" (or modern outlet) can save 10 per cent on an electricity bill, depending on the types of appliances and how much the modlets are used.

"We’ve seen plenty of people who have been able to save more," the company said.

The device, which looks like a wall socket, plugs into a regular socket and then consumers plug their appliances into the modlet. It monitors electricity use, then sends the consumer's computer a plan to turn off power to appliances which are typically not in use during certain hours.

If the plan is acceptable, the user hits OK and the modlet executes the plan. Consumers can program their own plan, and easily override or change it.

The modlet is expected to launch in the spring in the U.S. for $50. The company has applied for approval in Canada and hopes to launch here at the same time, a spokeswoman said.

Targets phantom power use
Appliances that are plugged in but not in use continue to draw power. The Ontario Power Authority said devices such as computers, printers and VCRs can account for 15 per cent of a home's annual electricity usage. But a poll conducted for the agency last year suggested that three out of four Ontario residents weren't aware of the power loss.

A household consuming 1,000 kilowatt hours a month could be paying up to $100 a year for what amounts to phantom power, the OPA said.

ThinkEco is already working with large companies to introduce the modlet and recently reached an agreement with the utility Con Edison to use the modlet with window air conditioners.

There are alternatives to the modlet. Some consumers are open to plugging appliances into power bars with automatic shutoff, the Ontario Power Authority said, and P3 International sells the Kill-A-Watt, which monitors usage.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 6:21 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Florin M. (0)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 6:49 am
It is a very good and interestin thing ! It's a good for our Earth!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 16, 2011, 3:45 pm
Thanks, Michael.
 

Robert O. (12)
Monday January 17, 2011, 8:51 pm
Interesting, thanks.
 

Linda G. (187)
Monday January 17, 2011, 9:03 pm
A great idea. Thanks for the story.
 

Natasha F. (0)
Monday January 17, 2011, 11:20 pm
great)
 

Bon L. (0)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 4:51 am
Thanks for the info.
 

Pamela K. (13)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 2:26 pm
OR--I can just make a point to uplug/turn off things that are not being used. Is this so hard?!
 

Ellen G. (0)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 2:28 pm
I can see the benefits of such a device, however many people in this economy could not come up with the $50 purchase price no matter how it would save in the long run.
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 3:33 pm
thanks Michael, noted
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 4:45 pm
Noted. Interesting. Thank you, Michael...
 

Justin R. (0)
Tuesday January 18, 2011, 9:32 pm
A step in the Green direction.
 

Bracha Kay (31)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 2:50 am
Most Americans can use something like this! thanks Michael
 

Arthur Joyce (2)
Wednesday January 19, 2011, 9:33 pm
Once again, we are moving too fast to embrace wireless technologies in the name of saving energy, given the well-known risks associated with this technology. Dr. Henry Lai of the University of Washington has found DNA strand breaks in studies where cells were exposed to wireless radiation. Dr. Olle Johansson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has found that the level of electromagnetic pollution in our environment is hundreds of thousands of times higher than natural background radiation. We need to find safer ways of "going green" than flooding our homes with more of this junk than we already have.
 

jane richmond (10)
Wednesday April 27, 2011, 10:51 am
Great idea
 
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