Paying for electricity is tough. Without knowing how much your appliances use, it’s like going to a grocery store, finding no prices listed, picking out various items and then getting the bill (which could be quite surprising!) a month later. The Kill-A-Watt Wireless Energy Consumption Monitor takes the guesswork out of your appliance’s electricity needs. Simply plug the Kill-A-Watt sensor into an outlet and then plug your fridge, TV, washing machine or other item into the sensor. The sensor will then transmit data to the central LCD display (wireless receiver) where you can see your electrical expenses and your carbon footprint. The system has a wireless range of 300 feet and can be used with up to eight sensors.
The device’s built-in software allows you to customize your data – giving you the ability to take KWH kilowatt hour) information and combine it with the type of electricity that is generated in your area (i.e. coal, hydro, atomic) for a more accurate reading. You can forecast cost by the day, week, month or even an entire year, allowing you to get a handle on your energy usage. Once you can visually see how much that basement fridge actually uses, you may decide it’s time to get rid of that expensive beer cooler once and for all. You’ll definitely be inspired to purchase energy star appliances next time, once you see what your washer and dryer use!
The benefit of the Kill-A-Watt monitor is that you can quickly see what individual appliances and electronics draw – whether they’re in use – or on standby, drawing “phantom load”. It’s also incredibly easy to use and doesn’t involve hooking anything up to your power meter. However, unless you buy additional sensors or manually add up all your appliance totals, you don’t have a “whole house picture”. On the flip side, whole house monitors give you the big picture of what your house is using at any given point of time, but unless you turn everything off and then turn one thing on at a time (which would be fairly time consuming!) the whole home monitors won’t give you data on specific electronic items allowing you to identify your biggest users.
Bottom line: Knowing what you’re paying makes it much easier to save. The Kill-A-Watt allows you to pinpoint which of your appliances are energy hogs and encourages you to turn those off when not in use, or use them less. And at this price you could afford both the Kill-A-Watt Wireless Energy Consumption Monitor, AND a whole house monitor.
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