Using a Kill A Watt to Save Money

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.

Kill A Watt Meter

Kill a Watt Meter

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.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 CJ, the Purple Diva January 9, 2009 at 5:36 am

AWESOME TIPS! THANKS!

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2 Alisha January 9, 2009 at 4:15 pm

I have been wanting one of those meters for a while. I’m glad to know they are on sale. Thanks

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3 tami January 9, 2009 at 5:24 pm

this sounds great! now i want one!!!

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4 LittlePeopleWealth January 9, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Glad I can help 🙂 Nothing gets you moving on upgrading or getting rid of energy drainers than being told how much it is actually costing you! It is a very handy little meter.

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5 Brooke January 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm

that would be very helpful to show mr. right how much his laptop uses when we leave it on all night to play mp3s!

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6 Precious January 9, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Make sure before you order one of these meters that it is compatible with your electric meter. Our TOU meter is not compatible. So go to the maker’s site to find out.

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7 Heidi December 20, 2010 at 12:08 am

Thanks for letting us know Precious! I had no idea that the meters were different – the one I linked to allows you to plug the appliance into it so you do not need it to be compatible with your electric meter.

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