Hotels waste a ton of electricity on empty rooms. Just think about it, right? Every empty room in every hotel is running air conditioning or heat and probably has at least a TV in standby mode, if not a cable box, alarm clock, and other small appliances. Hotels waste from 30 to 50 percent of their electricity just on empty rooms either between stays or while guests are out and about for the day. But what if there were an easy way to completely cut the power to a room when it was empty?
My little sister is visiting Brazil right now with her boyfriend, and she emailed to tell me about a very cool feature in her hotel room: the room key controls all of the electricity to your room! Here's what she had to say:
You put the card in when you walk in, and the A/C comes on and the lights work. On the way out you grab the card and everything shuts off. There's a 30 second delay to make sure you're not in the dark.
So long, energy vampires! And the added benefit? No more wondering where you put that darn keycard when you came in last night!
She didn't have any more info on who makes this device, so if anyone knows, I'd love to hear! In the photo she sent, you can read the word Bloctec printed on the box, but googling didn't turn anything up. Have any of you seen this device? I'd love to learn more about it!