All Hail MeterPlug, the Energy Saver
Now this has the potential to be huge.
MeterPlug is a small connected device – it’s a plug, mainly – for electrical outlets.
The plug acts a pass through between any electrical appliance and an outlet, measuring real-time energy usage and recording it over time. It also pairs with a smartphone app for data, alerts and for control over the plugged in appliance.
Now isn’t that a bright idea?
How does MeterPlug Work?
You just plug the device in to a power outlet and then connect any appliance you want to monitor. Energy usage can then be monitored through an iPhone or Android handset supporting Bluetooth 4.0.
Another useful feature is that it’s not only a passive device, it can do some actions too: when a connected appliance hasn’t been used for a while, MeterPlug cuts the power to eliminate any unnecessary drain. And guess what? Yes. The device gives you the ability to turn on or off any connected device.
What is the Main Benefit of Using MeterPlug?
Of course, there’s the energy saving benefits. Being able to control energy leaking or unused devices is something great. This technology could be further improved if the information provided by the device could be accessed farther remotely, when we’re out of our homes.
But the main thing behind it is the info itself; with that data, we can see which appliances are using more electricity than others, which could help us decide when to upgrade to more energy-efficient models.
As far as pricing is concerned, things look a bit our of shape. You can get an idea of pre-launch pricing here. The main thing however, is that this kind of technology is going somewhere.
Somewhere efficient. Energy efficient.