At CES 2010, Molly Wood takes a look at the Tenrehte PicoWatt Smart Plug.
Startup Tenrehte wants to make smart-home gear--but it's first going after businesses willing to pay to remotely control equipment and cut wasted energy.
Green-tech incubator shows interest in variety of startups from window treatments to biodiesel.
Tenrehte Technologies' Wi-Fi-enabled smart plugs called PicoWatt collect data on energy consumption and let people take advantage of off-peak rates.
Green tech will come in many guises at CES with solar chargers, in-home energy displays, vampire power slayers, and all sorts of energy-efficient electronics.
Tenrehte Technologies allows consumers to monitor the power consumption of appliances in their homes. Any device plugged into the PICOwatt can be controlled with just a few clicks.
Electronic Housekeeper, a CES newbie, has made it possible for homeowners to monitor their water, gas, and electricity. The console can also be used for entertainment--VoIP, text messaging, access to e-mail and the Wweb, and satellite radio.