If you could track and tailor your home’s energy consumption to save twenty percent a month, would you spend a hundred dollars to do it? Black and Decker hopes so. With their recently launched “Energy” series of products they aim to help you conserve by educating you about the energy your place chews up every month. This power monitor, the lineup’s flagship product, measures and displays your house’s overall energy consumption as well as individual appliance cost, and it sends that info to one handheld device.
The Power Monitor consists of two parts: a wireless transmitter collar that slips onto your electric meter, and a wireless handheld device that analyzes the data from your electric meter and displays information about your energy consumption. Once you dial in your electricity cost –- which is listed on your bill — you can track minute-by-minute changes in electricity consumption as major appliances are turned on and off.
In some cases your electric meter might not be compatible with the transmitter collar, and the product has some limitations — but the positives might significantly outweigh the negatives. If you save twenty percent on a $150 electricity bill, the $100 unit will pay for itself in a few months.