10. 25. 2007
TED Electricity Monitor
This innocuous-looking device could come in handy if you're coughing up huge electricity payments but have no clue about your usage pattern. It's a small device called The Energy Detective (TED) – a home energy monitor that can track and display your electricity usage in real-time.
For instance, when you power up the mixer or microwave, you can immediately verify the energy usage in kilowatts or dollars on TED’s screen. I think this could be a very good mechanism to monitor a device that may unnecessarily be guzzling energy. For the really energy (or budget) conscious people, there is a provision to program alerts to tip you off whenever the usage exceeds a pre-defined limit – pretty useful if you want to avoid surprises with your monthly electricity bill (who wouldn’t?).
The main selling point of this device (according to me): it can easily identify bothersome energy hogs in the house. Plus, if you can put the data to good use, it can result in a savings of 15-20% yearly over your average electricity bill. Last but not least, this is a great (visual) way to teach your kids about energy conservation – it could be fun to now turn off those unwanted lights just to get the numbers down. All yours for $140.
Via Apartment Therapy.