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Sustainable Industries reveals the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2011

By John Kirchner June 30, 2011

What you’re looking at could be the future of home energy usage.

Sustainable Industries unveiled its ten favorite green building products of 2011 last week at PCBC 2011 in San Francisco, and this device — called Modlet by ThinkEco — is a stand-out.

The device reduces the power pulled by appliances and electronics when they’re not in use, which saves more energy than you might think. Modlet is plugged into an existing outlet and is controlled by a wireless connection through a user’s computer. From there, homeowners can choose to cut power to items not in use, giving them more control of their energy usage.

“It’s a great way to get started with energy management,” said Mei Shibata, one of the company’s founders. “It’s the perfect first product to get people used to energy efficiency.”

The Modlet is only available for commercial use right now, but a consumer version is on the way. According to ThinkEco, the Modlet can reduce overall energy costs by 10 percent.

[photo from Sustainable Industries]