How do I measure the amount of electricity something uses?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Dynasty

  Pretty much every device uses electricity. Wouldn't it be great if we can figure out how much each of these devices cost per day, per hour, or even every time we use it? I tried finding out how much electricity it needs in Watts then try to figure out how much each KiloWatts or MegaWatts cost from the electricit bill and do some math there. It does take some work.

  I saw at a Fry's Electronics a while back of a device that have an outlet to plug the Black Berry charger or TV or DVD player and it would be able to calculate the approximate cost of how much electricity the device use per hour. It is a Kill-A-Watts and cost about $25. There is also an advance version for about $60 from the same company. There are a few other bigger electricity meters that needs electricians to install.

Kill-A-Watt Electricity Meter

  If the meters can help us to lower our monthly energy bills, it would be a great investment. Would probably give one each to all my real estate buyers and sellers. Maybe finally we can find out if we should leave our computers on or off at night at home and at our office.

Comments (6)

Kathy Denworth
Century 21 Schwartz Realty - Islamorada, FL
Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo

I still like the idea of the built in solar power for all these standby things. I can't imagine if all our power strips had solar panels how much energy we would save. I guess the power companies wouldn't like that much.

Dec 26, 2010 09:03 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Pretty good idea about 'measuring' the electricity - and save energy, Song.

And, good idea to give it to clients as a closing gifts - more so for First Time Home Buyers.

Dec 26, 2010 10:49 PM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

How does it measure electricity use?  Is there a log or print out? Thanks

Dec 26, 2010 11:04 PM
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Good Morning Song, thanks for the information on an interesting piece of test equipment.

Dec 26, 2010 11:11 PM
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Most appliances will list on the box or other documetation what their usage is over the year of average use. Your device does sound like a novel idea to give to home buyers especially new ones.

Dec 27, 2010 05:11 AM
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Song, I think this is a terrific tool & would have made a great Christmas gift! I guess I have a birthday coming up soon.

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Dec 30, 2010 03:37 PM