Department of Energy

"SMART" Outlets

Think of all the energy that is wasted when people leave their electronics on over night. Whether it is by accident or not. We should incorporate "smart" outlet technology so that when devices such as computers are in standby mode for a period of time the outlet knows to cut power all together. This can also be used for cell phone chargers. When the phone is completely charge, power can be cut. I am sure there are many other uses for such a technology. I believe it needs to be incorporated at its most basic level to get the ball rolling.



Idea No. 9310