I ran across this awhile back and promptly filed it away into the ‘cool gadgets to check out later’ corner of my brain. Well, this weekend it finally resurfaced. So… If you’re interested in cutting down on your electric bills, might I suggest that you check out the Kill-a-Watt.
I’ve actually never used one, but I’ve read about them in a couple of different places, and they look pretty handy. Basically, they allow you to monitor the amount of electricity used by any particular device, thereby allowing you to identify and eliminate waste. For example, I’ve often wondered how much power it takes to leave our computer on all the time (it’s set to ‘sleep’ after a half hour or so of inactivity, but still). Then again, I’ve grown so accustomed to the convenience of just having to wake our computer up, rather than waiting while it boots up… Maybe I don’t really want to know. Oh, and while the Kill-a-Watt has the catchiest name, there seem to be a number of other options out there (simply search Amazon for ‘kill a watt’ to find them), and I’m not entirely sure how they stack up.