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May 15, 2008

Electric power monitor

Filed under: Information — Tags: — Topher @ 11:37 am

I recently purchased a “Blue Line” energy monitor. It is a device that comes in 2 parts, one is a sensor that attaches to your electrical meter, this sends signals to a remote battery powered receiver that displays KWh and $. The remote can be up to 100 feet away from the meter and it shows signal strength with 5 bars like on a cell phone. It also shows time and the temperature at the meter. You program it with your electrical rates and it shows how much your electricity has cost you since last time your reset it, and also cumulative KWh. A bar graph shows your current power consumption based on the range of power that it has seen in the past.

It was a bit annoying to set up and get working, but now it sits right above my computer where I can watch the numbers change. This “toy” cost me about $140.00 from Energy Federation Inc.: http://www.energyfederation.org/consumer/default.php/cPath/388_2300

I am still learning how to fully appreciate the information it displays, but I am hoping to pay attention to it in much the same way that one watches the gas gauge on a vehicle.


1 Comment »

  1. Or better yet, the instantaneous miles per gallon meter on a hybrid. I am beginning to appreciate that feature of Paul’s Prius, and want one for my car.

    Comment by Topher — May 15, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

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