Filed under: Energy Conservation, Power and Data Distribution
With money being as tight as it is these days, it seems like everyone is trying to pare down their living expenses. We’re all eating out less, making fewer trips to the dry cleaners, and renting movies instead of going to the theater. But have you ever thought of reducing your utility bill? Cutting down on electricity usage not only saves you money, but helps to preserve the environment as well, so that’s a double positive – sounds good, doesn’t it?
If you’re wondering how exactly to cut down on the amount of electricity your home or business consumes, the answer is to find out which appliances and devices guzzle the most power, then make educated decisions on how much to use them, or whether or not they should be replaces with more energy-efficient models (or eliminated altogether). And how do you find out what those magic energy-consumption numbers are? With a Kill A Watt Electricity Meter, of course.
The Kill A Watt is a compact power-measuring unit that is able to tell you how much electricity any given appliance consumes on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. Once you know how many Kilowatt hours of power a device consumes, you can actually calculate how much it costs you to run by mutiplying the number of Kilowatt hours by the price per Kilowatt hour (find your exact rate by consulting your latest utility bill). The results can be really surprising!
To use the Kill A Watt, just plug it into an outlet, then plug the appliance you want to measure into the Kill A Watt. The Kill A Watt acts as middleman, and measures the amount of electricity that travels through it from the outlet to the device. In addition to measuring Kilowatt hours, the Kill A Watt can also check power quality by monitoring voltage, line frequency, and power factor. It comes with a 6 month limited manufacturer’s warranty, and is ETL listed for safety.