Big utility bills? Penguins to the rescue

Leave it to the Japanese to come up with an anime energy regulator

Akihabara News

For today's lesson, boys and girls, we'll learn how to make energy consumption fun! Unlike boring grown-up devices like the " Intelliworks ," which are about as interesting as a thermostat, Matsushita Electric's National brand has created an anime-driven home regulator that the whole family can enjoy, according to Akihabara News, at least in Japan.

And how can anyone resist a system that uses penguins to help improve household efficiency? (Certainly fellow Craver Caroline McCarthy couldn't.) Let the little guys loose on this animated interface and let the savings begin.

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