=== Kill-A-Watt Product ===

Are you interested in reducing your electric bill? We lost our power a month ago for 5 days and, during that period, I read a book titled Solar Power for Dummies. This was a great book to read and outlines in simple terms how solar power works, how to track your energy usage, and how to implement a solar plan. I recommend reading this book for any novice energy enthusiast and anyone frustrated with the cost of their energy bill. This book also prompted me to track our energy usage for household items like our refrigerator, microwave, night light, , sump pump, and pool filter to better understand what is costing us money.

Tracking Watts

There a five (5) buttons on the new P4400 (aka P3) model that I purchased for $29.95 at Radio Shack. Additionally, our local library will lend them to residents for 3 weeks as part of an energy awareness program they have implemented.

Volt - Tracks voltage.

Amp - Tracks output current.

Watt - This tracks the Watts being pulled at any moment. When our sump pump is off, it displays a zero (0). When our sump pump is humming away pumping water, it displays 700 Watts.

Hz - This tracks the frequency of your power (aka Hertz). Why is this important? If the wave of your power (aka frequency) wildly fluctuates, you could experience "spikes" or "surges" in you power supply which may damage your TV, computer, or other household items. The frequency at our house is 59.9 Hz and stays constant.

KWH - The button I monitor most. This tracks how much power you have used over a time period in Kilo Watt Hours (aka KWH). This is also the common method used by a power supply company to charge you for your usage. Our local carrier, PSNH, charges approximately $0.16 per KWH. We average 800 KWH per month of usage and our monthly electric bill will be $128.00 If you click the KWH button twice, you will see how long the device has been active tracking power usage.

Household Items

Sump Pump - During the month of March I tracked how much electricity our sump pump took to keep our basement dry during the wet season. We averaged 3 KWH usage per day. What does that mean? Well, 3 X 30 days X $0.16 per KWH = $14.40 Yes, that is over $14 per month just to run that one item for the month.

Gadget Setup


The setup for the device is easy. You plug the device into a standard wall socket. You then simply plug the item you want to track into the device. A day later, click on the KWH button and it will display on the LED panel how many KWH (Kilo Watt Hours) you have used. A second click will display how much time has elapsed since you plugged the Kill-A-Watt device in.

To reset the counter to zero (0), simply unplug the Kill-A-Watt device and replug it back into the wall socket.