The remote as an environmentalist

Energy Saver claims to do just what its name says, by turning off major appliances.

Mike Yamamoto Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.
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In this age of green, companies are experimenting with all manner of household devices designed to keep utility bills under control. They run the gamut, from gadgets that simply monitor consumption to those that shut off appliances automatically when no one's around.

Many of these products involve power strips and wall-mounted units, which aren't always in the most convenient places or out of mind and sight. So what's a sure-fire way to constantly remind us to conserve? The ubiquitous remote, of course.

The Energy Saver Remote offers a one-stop place to shut off all appliances rather than keeping them on standby mode, which typically consumes a minimum of 1.5 watts each hour, according to Coolest-Gadgets. All of which raises this question: Was "The Clapper" the first green remote?