July 02, 2013 by Rachel Cericola
As much as we love electronic devices, some of them can be real energy hogs—even when you aren’t using them. A company named Valta wants to identify those energy offenders and even allow you to turn them off.
Valta is a remote energy management system, which is designed to eliminate energy waste. It works in conjunction with devices around your house and an iPhone or other web-enabled device.
Just place the Valta socket in between the outlet and your device of choice, and Valta will monitor the device’s standby power. If it senses that the connected component is using energy when not in use, it will send an alert and allow you to turn off that device from your portable.
Valta also promises to track how much energy you’re using (in watt hours) and how much it’s all costing you. It can even store that info in a cloud server, so you can review that information over time.
That said, Valta isn’t just for saving you a few bucks. It also acts as a remote control system, allowing users to schedule activities, such as morning coffee or firing up a movie on your home’s entertainment system. Valta is expandable, so users can connect up to 16 devices in one home.
Right now, Valta needs a little help funding its production run, so the company has launched a Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of $139 will get you a Valta Early Bird package, which includes one hub and three sockets. Several other options are also available throughout the campaign, which will run through Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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