A few months ago, I purchased a P3 International P4460 Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor!
This nifty device allows you to see what kind of electricity your plugged-in appliances use. Simply plug the Kill-A-Watt into the your outlet and your appliance into the Kill-A-Watt and let it sit. It will show you the Kwh that your appliance uses in the time it’s plugged in.
This is very handy for seeing if some appliances have “ghost loads” – that is, they use electricity even when not in use. This is common in many appliances – especially those with “brick” plugs.
I have to admit, there’s two things I hate about this product (not enough to warrant not having one):
- Once you unplug the unit, the data you just recorded is gone, so make sure you write it down before you unplug it!
- There’s a rather obvious design flaw/annoyance where you cannot plug this and any other plug into a standard double outlet. I would highly recommend something like Power Strip Liberator Plus, 5 Pack to allow you to plug this into an outlet without interfering with other devices. These things are handy for those times when you cannot use all the outlets on power strips because bulky plugs take up to much space too!
I think this is $35 well spent since it will help our family unplug costly devices. Decide for yourself!