They let you figure you where your electric bill goes. For example, use one on a refrigerator for a week or a month. Then at the end of your test period, look at the unit and read how many kwh it used. Do a little math and you can see that your fridge used X% of your power bill for the month. Then you can make decisions such as when to replace or repair an appliance based upon it being an energy hog. They also let you see how much power your computer & AV equipment uses, since their power draw varies with usage.Rupp said:Are these just a curiosity tool or are you guys using them for a "reason"?
Well, if you can spend $400 to save $10 per month and the device is expected to last 10 years, you would save $800 overall. ($10 x 12 months/year x 10 years - $400) YMMV, this is just an example, but lots of consumer groups do recommend replacing old appliances to save money, even after buy a new appliance.Rupp said:would I really go buy a new frig for hundreds to save a few bucks?
Now that's what I was looking for. Put one of these on the kids PC's and I'm sure I'll want to automate turning these off. I really do not want to know what my weather and HA servers cost or it may make the hobby less fun.BraveSirRobbin said:Of course not Rupp, there is ALWAYS the sheeet to worth ratio in all decisions .
But, it may help you decide for instance if you want to leave a non-critical PC on all the time...