Friday, November 12, 2010

'Smart' plugs ready to quash office stand-by power

It may not look like much, but a little white electric outlet with a networking chip in it can save a bunch of money, according to ThinkEco. The New York-based start-up today said its "modlet," or modern outlet, is now available. It also released results from a pilot project which showed that a company reduced its power bill by $65,000 per year using the networked outlets in its office.An office, for example, can place these smart outlets on copier machines and PC workstations and then schedule when to cut stand-by power. Over time, the trickle of electricity from keeping equipment on stand-by (or not turned off) adds up. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the U.S. estimates that standby power alone is upward of 10 percent of electricity bills. More>