Watching Your Energy Use With P3 Kill A Watt
I found a really cool little gadget that can help save you money on your next electric bill. The device is the P3 International P4400 Kill A Watt. It’s fairly inexpensive at just over $20. This device is extremely powerful and can prevent you from having to search for the watts a device uses to determine how much energy it uses.
The Kill A Watt works by simply plugging a device into it and plug it into the wall. It will monitor Volts, Amps, Watts, Hz and VA. The most important part of this device is that it measures the watts and kWh usage of the device plugged into it. kWh is the measure by which electric companies use to determine how much electricity you are using. By using this number, it allows you to easily calculate how much it costs to use the device plugged into the Kill A Watt. You could use my energy calculator or simply multiple the kWh number times the cost your energy company charges you per kWh.
I have not yet bought this item so I cannot attest to how this product actually works. But, if it works as it says, I can see this monitor being extremely useful. Not only could you measure a single device, but you could also put a power strip into it and get the energy use of a collection of devices, such as your computer and accessories or a home theater. I would like to buy one of these and will share any updates if I do buy one. If anyone currently owns this device, please share your thoughts about it.