GREAT GIFT IDEA….Got2beGreen recently had a chance to do another product review for a Belkin device, the Conserve Insight Energy Cost Monitor. I must admit testing this device was fun, and I think it will make a great gift for someone who is energy conscience or into gadgets.
Having a background in Information Technology I am very familiar with Belkin products. I have found overall Belkin products to be well made and reliable, the Insight Energy Cost Monitor has lived up to my expectations.
The Conserve Insight Energy Cost Monitor is an easy to use energy monitor that allows you to see how much electricity devices around your home use. The monitor consists of a large LCD readout with three buttons, and a six-foot cord connected to a plug with its own electrical receptor. The way it works is you plug a device or appliance into the Conserve Insight Energy Cost Monitor electrical receptor and plug the unit into a wall socket. You will immediately begin to see on the LCD monitor information about the device or appliance you are testing in real time. The information consists of watts, the cost of operation, and the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. There are three buttons enabling you to switch to the desired information you are looking for. Press the lightning bolt button and you see how many watts the device is using. Press the Earth symbol button and see the yearly amount of CO2 emissions.. Press the dollar sign button and see how much the device would cost per month to run, press the dollar sign button again to see how much the device would cost per year to run.
As I said before I had fun going through the house and testing devices and appliances and thought I would share some of my test results in power consumption only. I did not want to publish the costs since electric rates vary here in the US. The Conserve Insight Energy Cost Monitor comes pre-programmed with an average US kilowatt per hour (KwH) rate; however, you can program Conserve Insight Energy Cost Monitor your own KwH rate off your electric bill.
• Desktop computer - 50 to 70 watts depending on workload
• Halogen lamp with dimmer - 325 watts turned up high
• 24 inch LCD Samsung TV - 82 watts
• Toaster Oven - 1530 watts on toast or 350 degrees bake
• Curling Iron - 90 watts
• Refrigerator (Whirlpool 20yrs old) - 40 to 250 watts depending on compressor
• Christmas Tree 4 feet - 50 watts
One last mention about The Conserve Insight Energy Cost Monitor is packaging. Belkin needs to be recognized for using minimum packaging making very little use of plastic, and using cardboard. Not only is The Conserve Insight Energy Cost Monitor a green item, it comes in green packaging.
The Belkin Conserve Insight Energy Cost Monitor retails for about $30.00, which can pay for its self in reducing your electric costs. Compared to the P3 International: Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor’s the Conserve Insight Energy Cost Monitor beats it with the six-foot cord between the plug and the screen along with very easy to use interface. Please visit this site for detailed information