Have you heard of vampire appliances, those that suck up electricity by just being plugged in all the time when not in use? Like the tv, the dvr, or the coffee maker. These appliances, which go into ‘standby mode’ when switched off, draw electricity 24 hours a day. The modlet is designed to eliminate this wasteful use of power by intelligently scheduling outlets to automatically shut off power to plugged-in appliances when they are not needed.
Created by New York City’s ThinkEco, Inc., the modlet is a device that prevents plug-load waste, which is the fastest-growing segment of overall commercial energy usage. Short for modern outlet, the modlet simply plugs into an existing outlet. Appliances are then plugged in and the modlet begins monitoring energy use.
“The modlet is the first redesign of the common outlet since the ground plug was added in 1928. For the first time, an outlet is able to think and interact with the equipment plugged into it in order to make it more energy efficient,” said Jun Shimada, president and CEO of ThinkEco, Inc.
The modlet is web-enabled so that power consumption can be managed and monitored. This leads to employees becoming engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts. Data lets employees see how much energy individual equipment is consuming, compare their department’s power usage against others, or even compete to see who can save more energy. Studies have shown that involving employees in social science behavioral programs leads to reduced energy use in companies.
ThinkEco is currently taking orders from business clients. The modlet will be available to consumers in the first half of 2011.