Can’t Fix It If Ya Don’t Know What’s Broken!
That’s what my grandpa used to say. Grandpa was a pretty smart guy, too. Didn’t much matter what it was, he’d take it apart, find the problem, and fix it. A lot of the time, it didn’t even need a new part. It just needed a bit of maintenance, some attention, to be working right again.
What does this have to do with Going Green? When we talk about home consumption, there are a lot of things that waste energy, sucking up electricity needlessly. But which ones, and how much? Unless you want t go turning everything off, unplugging it all all of the time, you’re going to have to figure out where the leaks are. That’s where Power Monitors come in.
We took a look at some of the monitors available from ChangeForGreen.com. It is really amazing how much information these things can gather! Hook up the monitor to any 3-prong outlet, plug your appliance to it, and you’ll quickly know exactly how much that device is costing you — both in watts and dollars. When you identify an item that uses a lot of phantom power, you can decide if it’s worth it to you to unplug it and reset the clock, or just leave it plugged in all the time. You can also find out just how much those new florescent bulbs are actually saving you’re getting from them, and how much you really do love having them around!
They’ve got one model which monitors your entire household’s consumption. This one features a nifty backlit blue screen, and works on a remote, so you can be sitting in the living room and tell what your usage is costing you! They’re all designed so that they don’t interfere with the signal, and are accurate to about 5%.
Check out these power monitors from ChangeForGreen.com. After all, you can’t fix your house’s energy consumption if you don’t know what’s broken!