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Power Savings with the PowerCost Monitor

Friday, April 12th, 2013 | Author:

It’s no secret that we at Other World Computing love the environment and want to help protect it. We also love our customers and want to protect them…from high electricity bills!

And while some surprises are good (birthday parties, finding $20, someone bringing in chocolate cake to work), no one likes to be surprised with a high electric bill.

With the PowerCost Monitor, you can account for all the energy used in your home from moment to moment. It allows you to track the energy used when your kids stay up all night “doing homework” (trying to beat the next level on their video game) or when your significant other decides what he or she wants to eat while leaving the refrigerator door open, thus cooling the house an entire degree.

You can even see how much it costs not only in dignity but in electricity to leave those Christmas lights up and on until late March…(neighbors, I’m looking in your direction…)

And the best part? You don’t have to be an electrician to understand the PowerCost Monitor! The Monitor calculates electricity usage and converts it in to kilowatt-hours as well as dollars and cents when you program in your utility’s electric rate. The Sensor Unit is easy to install and attaches to the outside of your electric utility meter. It then transfers this information to the PowerCost Monitor, which has a range of up to 100 feet from the sensor unit.

It’s just like tracking your monthly data usage on your cell phone plan so you don’t get hit with overage charges. Or avoiding eating an entire pizza because you don’t want to find out afterwards it contained enough calories to feed a small child for a week. When you can see the immediate effects of lights and appliances being turned off, you are more likely to reduce your consumption.

And with Earth Day coming up it’s important to note that not only will you be saving on your electricity bill, but will also be helping the environment. And we like that here at OWC. And you, we like you too.

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Awards Continue For Hot Selling Newer Technology Power2U AC/USB In-Wall Charging Solution

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 | Author:

Newer Technology, Inc. announced today that while its Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet continues to rake in business awards and media praise, it is available from retailers on Holiday Special pricing starting at $11.50…a savings of over $14 off the $29.95 retail price.

Awards and Praise Continue for Hot Selling Product

Since becoming the media star at the 2012 Consumer Electronic Show as the first UL Listed in-wall charging solution for charging/powering up to four Apple iDevices, Android devices, and/or other USB chargeable devices simultaneously, the Power2U continues to earn both industry and general business accolades. It recently was a winner in the “Excellence in Custom Installation Technologies and Products” category of the 2012 CustomRetailer EXC!TE Awards. It was awarded the coveted 2012 People’s Choice Stevie Award in the Favorite Consumer Electronics Product category at the 2012 American Business Awards. And the Power2U also was recently recognized as the Silver winner at the Best in Biz Awards 2012 in the Consumer Product of the Year category. Article Continues…

Category: Press Releases

OWC Continues “Green Power” Initiative; Uses 100% Renewable Energy

Monday, November 5th, 2012 | Author:

We’re mighty proud of our LEED Platinum Certified headquarters, especially our on-site Wind Turbine, which, under optimal conditions, can produce up to 125 million Kilowatt-Hours of energy in a year. Unfortunately, until we manage to build a weather machine to keep a steady breeze blowing 24/7, 365 days a year, there are just going to be days when the turbine just doesn’t turn.

That mostly is an exception though. Thanks to the turbine, besides producing enough power to fulfill the usage needs of our entire facility including a data center, we often are a net energy producer and supply others in our area with energy via the wind. In the first quarter of 2012, we produced 291,719kWh of electricity, which was 3% more than the 282,335kWh we consumed. As recently as October, we produced 92,367kWh versus 66,802kWh consumed, with that 38% net energy production being put back on the grid to power, on average, a neighborhood of about 40 homes.

While the wind isn’t always blowing,  our agreement with Excelon to supply us with REC’s (Renewable Energy Certificates, each of which effectively represent 1 megawatt of energy) ensures that when the power needs to flow the other direction, it was generated by another wind turbine located elsewhere. This way, even when wind conditions aren’t optimal at our location, the energy we’re using still effectively comes from a green, renewable, emissions-free source.

To learn more about OWC’s wind turbine and all of our high-efficiency, LEED facility aspects, visit our “Green” page.

Category: green

Newer Technology Lowers MSRP By 17% On Award-Winning Power2U AC/USB In-Wall Charging Solution

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 | Author:

Newer Technology, Inc announced today it has lowered the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price by 17% for its Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet. Now priced at $24.99 MSRP with street pricing as low as $19.99, the Power2U is the first home-safe, UL Listed in-wall charging solution available to enhance living and working spaces by eliminating the clutter created by multiple cables and unsightly bulky power adapters.

Turns Walls Into Charging Stations

Ideal for homes with users of multiple USB chargeable devices, the Power2U is available in four decorator colors to blend seamlessly into any residential wall as a standard power outlet. By incorporating two traditional three-prong AC wall sockets in addition to two USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 ports, the Power2U transforms an ordinary wall into a modern, centralized location for charging/powering up to four devices simultaneously. Article Continues…

Category: Press Releases

OWC Turbine is now online and operational.

Monday, October 19th, 2009 | Author:


OWC got a little greener today. Our new Vestas V39 Wind Turbine went online today and is now generating the electricity needed to run the OWC corporate facility, including its datacenter, with plenty of energy to spare, which will be sold back to the local power company.

By going the extra mile and planning to generate more than 100% of its total power needs on-site, OWC demonstrates its commitment to the future, its community and the environment.

For more information on the OWC Wind Turbine, as well as the rest of our “green” corporate headquarters, please visit: www.macsales.com/green.

Category: green