CoolNYC is a cooperative program being offered by Con Edison and ThinkEco which will provide up to 10,000 free thermostats and Modlet plug-in electrical outlet controllers to New York City residents to be used to monitor and control window air conditioning units. The hope is that controlling window AC units can help reduce peak electrical demand this summer.
You may recall the Modlet, which we noted late in 2010 when it was a Top 10 Green Building Product. The Modlet is a smart outlet that plugs in to a conventional outlet and allows you to control and monitor energy usage wirelessly. With the Modlet, appliance use can be scheduled for particular times. There are also apps to allow iPhone and Android devices to control Modlet outlets remotely.
The Modlet networks to a computer via a wireless USB dongle, but it has built in memory so it can run for up to two weeks without connecting to the computer. If there are several Modlets in the home or office, they will conect to each other with a mesh network, so not every one has to be in range of the computer in order to work.
For those outside New York or who don't qualify for this program, the Modlet retails for about $50.
via: Apartment Therapy
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