Price: $45 – $320
There are times where simple is better. One thing that is very simple to understand is with all of the Gadgets we have these days, power consumption can really be high along with the bills needed to pay for it. MeterPlug decided to create this very nice little gadget that simply lays over the outlets you already have. It kind of becomes a gatekeeper between your gadgets and their food (electricity).
This is currently an indiegogo project and have already met their $70,000 goal but that doesn’t mean we can’t get in on this cool little money manager. The nice thing about this little gadget is that you can actually control the different MeterPlugs via a smart phone app which makes it very easy manage anywhere near the plug in itself. Instead of the app just showing you how much certain appliances are using energy wise (nobody ever knows how to convert that into dollar bills) they actually provide a rate to it. So you see that your toaster takes up $4.30 just being plugged in and not even working (we know you don’t like toast). Do yourself a favor and shut down the toaster outlet and save yourself a few bucks. It could be a really great investment even if you manage to save yourself $5-$10 a month because it will quickly pay for itself both short term and “make” you money long term.
On the indiegogo project they have actually tried to give you an example of “vampire power” suckers like the Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 which can cost you up to $220 a year just when they are turned off. That statistic was scary to everybody in the Gadgets 4 Guys office since so many of us game on a regular basis. You can also assign certain levels or costs to certain appliances and if they go over their allotment then you are provided with a convenient alert. It can also have a power strip with multiple outlets plugged into it but be able to report on each individual object or appliance plugged into it. That way you can shut off your TV but keep the cable box running so you don’t lose any of those Real Housewives shows you are recording on a daily basis (don’t lie, we know you do).