I am always trying to save money on the electric bill. A Kill A Watt meter is an easy way to help you do that!
There are a few things you can do to reduce your electric bill:
- Change all your bulbs to a low watt energy saving bulb (this is also a great green tip)
- Turn off the lights when you aren’t using them
- Unplug your computer, tv, and game stations when you aren’t using them. Those appliances use energy when they are in standby mode so you will save evenmore by turning them completely off. If you keep forgetting then plug them into an outlet that is controlled by a switch or use a Smartstrip to automatically cut the power whenever you shut it off.
All these things are great, but another way that you can save money is by seeing how much you actually spend. (which you can do with a Kill A Watt) If you can see how much your computer, tv, lights, fridge, etc costs then you might be more likely to upgrade it if it is needed or turn it off when you don’t use it.
You can do this with a Kill A Watt meter. A Kill A Watt meter connects to your appliances and checks how efficient they are (0.2% accuracy). It then calculates your electric expenses by the day, week, month, or year.
You only need one for a household. After you test the appliance you want to test you can move on to the next one.
One way to save even more money is to share this with friends/family and split the cost. Figure out who gets it first and work through the list! Then you will have one to get your base cost for your main energy users and you will have one to use when you are trying to decide if it would be cost effective to upgrade a major appliance.