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ThinkEco introduces smart outlet at Consumer Electronics Show

January 6th, 2011


ThinkEco, Inc. is debuting  the first wirelessly communicating intelligent outlet at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.  The “modlet” — short for modern outlet — is designed to reduce energy waste from plugged-in appliances and other consumer electronics.

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It’s harder to be green in the winter chill

December 7th, 2010

It’s cold now. Pretty much everywhere except for those places that converge toward a moderate median in the 70s, like LA, or Miami.

Have you noticed that in the cold, it’s harder to be green?

For example, I have real trouble detaching from my shower after the allotted five minutes. I am cold most of the daytime, but it’s warm in the shower. I want to linger there. You do too, admit it. Once the Lazy Environmentalist was honest with us about that. He said he had good ideas in the shower and he liked to take long ones. (See the article if you don’t believe me.)

During my longer-than-usual shower this morning I didn’t really have any great ideas. I did think a lot about how much I like warm showers in the winter. I strategized extensively on my exit plan for the shower: Grab the towel, retrieve the slippers immediately; get into the wool shirt, even if it sticks to my wet skin, find winter cardigan.

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