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Old 10-13-2009, 10:04 PM   #1
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Is there such thing as a "killawatt" type device but that can measure the entire house's usage? I was thinking it would be kind of cool to get a real time reading of how much power I'm consuming, and maybe even a log. For the wheel type meters you can get a device that detects rotations and does the calculations, but this does not work on digital meters. I *could* go out and read the meter then reread it again an hour later and compare, but something more real time would be kinda cool. Any such device exists?

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Look at smarthome.com

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A clamp on ammeter with plastic covered jaws that will fit around the service conductors just before they are attached to the main breaker will also do the trick, as well as being useful for other purposes.
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I asked the same question recently and was referred to this:

http://www.theenergydetective.com/what/faqs.html

I haven't ordered it yet but it looks good. You can track the whole house or individual circuits 120 or 240v. (I want to know what we spend to run two ovens, the pool pump, etc.) The transmitter goes in your breaker box, using clamp on sensors (no hard wiring needed), and transmits to the remote receiver.

The base model is about $120, or with software for your computer about $165. My idea is that if I can turn power saving into a gadget/game, I might actually do it.

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If you are going to upgrade to the software then I'd get the 5000 model instead
Does anyone have one of these?
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Dosen't that come with the electric bill every month????
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Hmm the ted looks interesting and easy to setup. I'd probably go with the Model 5000-G. Later on I could get another one for any sub panels I may install like my server room.
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Another option is brultech.

http://www.brultech.com/price2c.html

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