Real-Time Electricity Monitor

OK… I really want one of these for Christmas…

According to the Green Head Blog, the Black and Decker Power Monitor  can reduce “energy costs in your home up to 20% each month.” The device displays real-time electricity usage and costs and in doing so allows you to alter your behavior to save both energy and money. According to Black and Decker:

This easy-to-use device tells a homeowner, in real-time, how much electricity they use, and the cost in dollars and cents in order to actively and intelligently control energy consumption. The Energy Saver Series helps consumers know more, use less and save money, by making it easier than ever to track and control electricity expenditures in a home. Rather than requiring major lifestyle changes, the Energy Saver provides consumers with the right tool to cut down on power consumption with little effort, making spending less on energy an achievable, measureable reality. Using the EM100B Power Monitor couldn’t be simpler. A wireless sensor attaches on the electricity meter outside a home–no wiring or electrician required. This sensor monitors the rate electricity is consumed, and transmits this information to the handheld display monitor inside your home. Program basic information from your electric bill regarding cost-per-kilowatt-hour and your billing plan (flat rate, peak/off-peak, or tiered) into your Power Monitor. Press the sync button and immediately receive information on: 1) How much electricity is being used in real-time (in kW or $/hr) 2) Month-to-date costs 3) Estimated bill at the end of the month 4) Outside temperature (or temperature wherever the sensor is). Armed with this information, homeowners can quickly see how much energy they use and when. As they turn major appliances and groups of lights on and off, they can see the minute-by-minute changes in their consumption. The Power Monitor’s Appliance feature even isolates the cost of each individual appliance as it is turned on. Considering the average household’s monthly electric bill is more than $105 and quickly rising, using the Power Monitor to reduce electricity consumption by 20% would shave more than $20 a month off that bill. In just five months, the Power Monitor will pay for itself and save money in the years to come.

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