If you are frequently shocked at the sight of your electricity bill, EcoSuperior has a device that can help you identify phantom loads and identify the power wasters in your home. The Kill-A-Watt is a neat gadget that is now available from EcoSuperior’s lending library.
The Kill-A-Watt pinpoints which electronics are using the most power in your home, and also allows you to figure hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly costs for running an electronic device. It is portable and easy to use. The device is great for those electronics, such as computer or televisions, that are often used and that don’t come with stickers indicating their yearly electronic cost.
BORROW THE KILL-A-WATT METER
Borrow the device from EcoSuperior’s lending library for a one-week period to test electronic devices in your home. (A $20 deposit will be required, but will be refunded to when the unit is returned.)
HOW DOES A KILL-A-WATT WORK?
The front portion of the unit contains an electric plug receptacle, and the bottom rear has a typical three-prong (grounded) plug. The device is acts as a meter, going between the item that draws power and the power source (a typical wall outlet). To test an appliance, you plug the Kill-A-Watt unit into a wall socket, and then plug your appliance into the Kill-A-Watt device.
The Kill-A-Watt's LCD screen displays all meter readings at the push of a button: Volts, Current, Watts, Frequency, Power Factor, and VA (apparent power). It will display cumulative results for the time that the device is plugged in. For example, you can test a device for a two-hour period and receive results that tell you how much power your device used during that time period. Some simple calculations using the cost of power from your electricity bill will then tell you how much money it costs to run the electronic device.
It is simple to monitor just an hour's usage of any electronic appliance. If you ever want to really know - beyond a shadow of a doubt – which devices are the major contributors to your monthly power bill, then this is the device that can help you answer the question. You can also use it to test the outlets in your home to be sure they are working, or you can measure the quality of the power provided by your utility company by monitoring voltage (Volt) and line frequency (Hz).
Drop by our resource centre to borrow the device, and find out how you can kill-a-watt in your home!
Page last updated on Wednesday, July 25, 2012