Do you remember the days when turning something off meant really turning it off? You felt and heard the pleasing click of a switch that meant the thing was no longer sucking electricity out of the wall outlet. Now days, hardly anything actually turns off anymore. Almost everything has a simple power button that really just puts the unit (your stereo, TV, computer monitor, DVD player, printer, etc.) to sleep until you want to us it again; all the while continuing to add dollars to your electric bill as it waits patiently for you to bring it back to life. There's nothing you can do to kill these power zombie appliances short of unplugging everything when you're not using it.
To save the day, ThinkEco has developed what it calls a "modlet" to save your electric bill from the power zombies. A modlet is a two-plug outlet that plugs into and covers-over a standard electrical wall outlet. Any appliance can then be plugged into the modlet just as you would plug into a standard wall outlet. The modlet automatically senses when a zombie device is not being used and cuts power to it; thus stopping the power drain. ThinkEco estimates it is possible to save between 10 and 20% off your electric bill using modlets throughout a typical home.
The modlet is being beta tested currently and will likely go on sale to consumers in 2011 at a price perhaps around $40. Visit the ThinkEco web site at http://www.thinkecoinc.com/ for more information.