Do you know how much electricity your television, coffee maker, or computer use? One of the most useful innovations we spotted at CES was the Green Power-Link, a home energy monitor from Taiwanese company Powertech.
Green Power-Link can track up to nine appliances around the house and indicate current and total electricity usage and cost, as well as short- and long-term trends. It's simple to install and use – just plug appliances into single or multiple surge-protected strips and instantly access data on the screen. The device can even turn appliances on and off wirelessly, so if you're going to bed upstairs and notice the coffee maker is still on downstairs, you can switch it off using the control panel.
Even though we try to remain conscious of our energy use and vampire power, we can imagine that having a device like this would really open our eyes and keep us vigilant. Powertech reps told us Green Power-Link will be on the U.S. market in a couple of months, and will retail for around $60, making it relatively affordable for both apartment dwellers and home owners.
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