A Smart Plug for Smart Plugs

Here’s a plug for smart plugs.  They are power outlet adapters that also tap into a home’s WiFi network. Consumers can then power on or off simple home fixtures—lamps, TVs, and so on—from any Internet-connected smart phone using a smartphone app. The app can be used to program devices as well—say, to automatically turn on … Read more

OhmConnect: Scam or Legit?

Legit but disappointing.  Here’s the deal:  this company is an “energy aggregator” that makes money by helping customers respond to energy price swings.   In the energy industry, they call this “Demand Response”. The aggregator (OhmConnect) makes money by helping the utility avoid turning on a power plant and then passes along some of the … Read more

SCAM ALERT: Extended Warranties Are Just Plain Stupid

Stupid is a tough word, but this is a tough-love blog.  When you ponder purchasing an extended warranty or “protection plan” for some electronic gadget or appliance, just think “stupid”.   Don’t buy it!  It’s a sucker’s bett.  Extended warranties are insidious; The Journal of Consumer Research found that people are more likely to buy … Read more