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Title: Power consumption monitor - great fun but scary
Post by: Editor on March 16, 2013, 09:21:02 am
We got a British Gas power monitor through the post. Amazing to watch it build up when all the lights are on. We switched three off and it went from 16p an hour to 9p and hour. Ticking over in the morning was about 6p an hour. The oven takes it to 35p an hour, the kettle to 25p an hour.  Bet the big floodlit houses on Brookmans Avenue and Mymms will take it way over the 1 an hour mark. Good to know what's burning energy. Anyone else using this bit of kit?

(http://www.brookmans.com/news/march13/meter.jpg)
Title: Re: Power consumption monitor - great fun but scary
Post by: sasquartch on March 16, 2013, 12:57:16 pm
Yes, had one for about a year.

Defintely helps identifying what's using power.

Even with 'nothing' on I'm still  using around 300W - I guess all the things on standby, a couple of fridge freezers, various chargers and internet router and switch all add up.
Title: Re: Power consumption monitor - great fun but scary
Post by: chicken legs on March 16, 2013, 01:03:15 pm
Did it come free, David?
Title: Re: Power consumption monitor - great fun but scary
Post by: Editor on March 16, 2013, 01:31:52 pm
Yes, it was free. They sent us a thing about comparing tariffs and sent this as a freebie (according to Ellie, my wife).
Title: Re: Power consumption monitor - great fun but scary
Post by: Mr Green on March 16, 2013, 04:39:06 pm
How is it connected?
Title: Re: Power consumption monitor - great fun but scary
Post by: Editor on March 16, 2013, 04:46:08 pm
How is it connected?

Here are the instructions. Connection is in point 4.

http://www.brookmans.com/news/march13/monitor.PDF
Title: Re: Power consumption monitor - great fun but scary
Post by: RuralFox on March 16, 2013, 06:38:55 pm
This looks like a great bit of kit for understanding what appliances use the most power. Did British Gas provide it free of charge?
Title: Re: Power consumption monitor - great fun but scary
Post by: Editor on March 16, 2013, 07:48:37 pm
This looks like a great bit of kit for understanding what appliances use the most power. Did British Gas provide it free of charge?

Hi RuralFox, welcome to the forum. Yes, it was free. They sent us a thing about comparing tariffs and sent this as a freebie (according to Ellie, my wife).
Title: Re: Power consumption monitor - great fun but scary
Post by: ADM on March 18, 2013, 11:47:34 am
I spend most of my time grumbling about bills and going round the house switching things off, as it is.  I'd better not get one of these!