Vent-Miser Freezes Out the Guests On Schedule

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File these under "new to me" category, but while I'd seen programmable thermostats before, I'd never encountered a vent that opened and closed on a timer.

The battery-powered Vent-Miser features a clock that opens and closes the vents at programmable intervals, completely independent of your thermostat's settings. So if your A/C doesn't need to keep your guest room cool on weekdays or if you only need to heat your bedroom at night, the Vent-Miser can automate this process for you, possibly saving you a few bucks in the process.

At about $25 a pop, the vents definitely lean towards investment rather than instant payoff, but they're a neat idea if you live in a house with crummy HVAC. [Amazon via OhGizmo!]

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I have been looking for something like this FOREVER. AFAIK, this is the first? It'd be extra handy if something like an IR remote were added in the future. Sometimes it's not a "crummy HVAC" that causes problems; it's having rooms and vents far distant from the thermostat.