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Electricity usage monitor £6.99 @ Aldi

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How much electricity do your home appliances use? This handy device measures electricity consumption so you know how much money the appliance costs to run.

LCD display shows consumption in kW, amps, volts
See how much an appliance costs to run by inputting up-to-date £/unit information
2 prices can be set per kW/hr (standard or economy/night saver)
Maximum load capacity setting with overload protection warning function

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These are normally over £20 elsewhere (Maplin have one on offer at the moment at £15 down from £27....).
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#1
I got a questionaire from Southern Electric this week - for filling it in and returning it, I get one of these free. No doubt other power suppliers will follow, so it may be worth waiting. :thumbsup:
#2
Do we REALLY need one of these?

I can see it now.

'Hey honey, can you buy me a new washing machine cos this one is too expensive to run'.

Yeah right!!
#3
rizla01
Do we REALLY need one of these?

I can see it now.

'Hey honey, can you buy me a new washing machine cos this one is too expensive to run'.

Yeah right!!



I think in a few years time yes you will say Honey cay we buy a new washing machine...because the £100 you saved by choosing the cheaper model will quickally disappear in running costs after a couple of years.

If anything this simple thing raises awareness on electricity consumption of devices...so perhaps people will start thinking twice before doing a wash with just a pair of socks...or boiling a full kettle for a cuppa.

Just my 2c.
#4
massmail666
How much electricity does this gadget use! :-D


Beat me to it :giggle:
#5
Nice deal, I've never seen one cheaper than £10.50.
#6
Nice deal, I've been looking for one of these for ages. Picked one up today. Thanks OP for making us aware of the offer. H&R given.
#7
rizla01
Do we REALLY need one of these?



mystik
If anything this simple thing raises awareness on electricity consumption of devices...so perhaps people will start thinking twice before doing a wash with just a pair of socks...or boiling a full kettle for a cuppa.

Just my 2c.


Thats a no then:giggle:

I bought one from Lidl years ago, it's still plugged in and i've never chacked it after day 1. They are useful if you want to get a general idea of how much energy you're actually using. For me, they're only really any good for the curious, or for people who argue about who's running the leccy bill up:giggle:
#8
step 1 read leccy meter
step two plug in thing which used electricity
step 3 read meter again
step4 subtract first reading from second
viola........................
#9
My parents keep moaning at my becos i use the 360 like 3 hours a day and saying oh the bills are going up -but they are talking rubbish because it only cost like £20 a year to run
#10
upmyloft
step 1 read leccy meter
step two plug in thing which used electricity
step 3 read meter again
step4 subtract first reading from second
viola........................

Viola is like a big cello

LOl dont you mean

VOILA
#11
upmyloft
step 1 read leccy meter
step two plug in thing which used electricity
step 3 read meter again
step4 subtract first reading from second
viola........................

Which is good in theory but means you have to disconnect everything else in the house and run just 1 item for an hour. Counting the meter pulses is a better bet as its quicker. Also you would need to do it more than once to account for variance in supply voltage leading to different amounts of power actually being used by the appliance.

A hell of a lot easier to just spend £7 imho lol.
#12
I know how many KW each appliance is using, as it usually says next to mains outlet. My best policy on lowering the lecy bill is choosing efficient products.

And there is a fantastic website to find an energy efficient product;
http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/proxy/view/full/407/recommendedproducts
1 Like #13
upmyloft
step 1 read leccy meter
step two plug in thing which used electricity
step 3 read meter again
step4 subtract first reading from second
viola........................

I’m assuming you don’t have a freezer and don’t mind the hassle of resetting the clocks on all the electrical devices that you have connected to the mains.
glockenspiel............
#14
You could actually save money by not buying these, Buying one for every appliance is a bit pointless and take years to pay off from the net savings if any made by reading how much K/Wh you are using. Pointless 'gadget'
#15
This is better than the Maplin power meter as it allows you to input a unit price so all your readings can be in £ rather than kWHr
Introducing, Tubular Bells..............
#16
why not just put the money towards the electric bill - many web sites will work out how much you use e.g what type of TV you have, freezer etc..

ok gimmic - but why?!
1 Like #17
rizla01
Do we REALLY need one of these?
I had 2 very high electricity bills last year and bought one of these gadgets (Maplins £20) to try and locate the power hungry appliances in my house.

To work out the yearly power usage I would leave an appliance plugged into it for a week, then multiply the results by 52.

Fridge Freezer: My old one was using 755kWh/year (about £98). My new grade A one uses 260kWh/year (about £33).

PC: I had a (bad) habit of leaving my PC switched on, until I worked out that it was costing me around £200 a year! My PC uses about 200 watts per hour even without the monitor switched on. If I run a few programs the consumption can go up to 400 watts. I now switch my PC off at the wall because it draws 8 watts (£9 per annum) even when it's shut down! Note: a tech friend tells me that this is something to do with the USB ports.

My electricity usage monitor has helped me to reduce my bill considerably and has paid for itself many times over.

So, to answer your question "rizla01", if you pay the lekky bill, and you care about the environment, I think we really need one of these.....I certainly did.

Voted HOT.
#18
packard
why not just put the money towards the electric bill - many web sites will work out how much you use e.g what type of TV you have, freezer etc..

ok gimmic - but why?!


And does that website take into account the exact model number of the fridge you are using? And the ammount of dust you have on the heat radiator at the back which is reducing the efficiency and make the fridge consume more elctricity?

Who said you need one per appliance? MightHumungus has a perfectly straightforward solution how this unit can be useful.
[helper]#19
I really like one of these to check just how much power the video, sat box, tv, dvd player etc use when in standby......

Sadly - don't live near an Aldi but voting hot.
#20
MightyHumungus
I had 2 very high electricity bills last year and bought one of these gadgets (Maplins £20) to try and locate the power hungry appliances in my house.

To work out the yearly power usage I would leave an appliance plugged into it for a week, then multiply the results by 52.

Fridge Freezer: My old one was using 755kWh/year (about £98). My new grade A one uses 260kWh/year (about £33).

PC: I had a (bad) habit of leaving my PC switched on, until I worked out that it was costing me around £200 a year! My PC uses about 200 watts per hour even without the monitor switched on. If I run a few programs the consumption can go up to 400 watts. I now switch my PC off at the wall because it draws 8 watts (£9 per annum) even when it's shut down! Note: a tech friend tells me that this is something to do with the USB ports.

My electricity usage monitor has helped me to reduce my bill considerably and has paid for itself many times over.

So, to answer your question "rizla01", if you pay the lekky bill, and you care about the environment, I think we really need one of these.....I certainly did.

Voted HOT.

Well said. :)

I got given one as a present and tried it about the house, it was amazing to see how much power items used and scared me out of using my cheap Halogen lamp from Homebase into getting a nice white led effort. These things are very informative and can really make you think twice about some of the stuff you leave plugged in/switched on throughout the day. Voted very hot.
#21
SOLD OUT at the Norton Aldi by 1pm today! After reading your comments I'm rather pleased, its just saved me the £6.99 I would have spent LOL!
#22
massmail666
How much electricity does this gadget use! :-D


By the way, this device runs on 2 x LR44 batteries (included) so you can imagine how much electricity it uses :whistling:
#23
[SIZE=2]could somebody help me ive just been and bought one of these ,and as my electric is priced at 16.266 pence per kwh,ive added this in the price area(the price area has a five digit display)[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]have i done right????or should i have just put 00.016???[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]ive been getting really large bill for the last five months or so,and i suspect it being the fridge as it is pretty old now[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]after plugging the power meter in for less than on hour with the above settings,it says the fridge has used £1.31 of electric[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]before i order a new fridge i just want to make sure ive put the right settings into the power meter[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]hope somebody can help me out regards[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]splitbus1965[/SIZE]
#24
splitbus1965
[SIZE=2]could somebody help me ive just been and bought one of these ,and as my electric is priced at 16.266 pence per kwh,ive added this in the price area(the price area has a five digit display)[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]have i done right????or should i have just put 00.016???[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]ive been getting really large bill for the last five months or so,and i suspect it being the fridge as it is pretty old now[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]after plugging the power meter in for less than on hour with the above settings,it says the fridge has used £1.31 of electric[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]before i order a new fridge i just want to make sure ive put the right settings into the power meter[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]hope somebody can help me out regards[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]splitbus1965[/SIZE]


You have entered electricity at £16/hour!

If your fridge uses electricity at the rate of £1.2/hour. your yearly electricity bill due to the fridge alone would be > £11k :giggle:

Anyway, just divide by a 100...so the cost per hour is 13p.
#25
I got one of these today, the price did it for me, £6.99
I've wanted one for a while, like others have said - you want to
offset the cost of this by saving off your bill. So the cheaper the better.

The one at Maplin has a unit price per kwh : so does this one

One for every appliance? no, you just plug it in each appliance and check
the usage, maybe over a period of a day or a week if you want an idea of how much power something like a fridge freezer uses.

How much electricity does this use? : It uses two small watch batteries
(supplied) This is good, because if it ran off mains, along using the mains it would need a transformer which have losses.

For people saying you can just look at the rating on an appliance,
this is partly true, but for instance my laptop has a 90w power supply, yet its actually only using 50w of power.
#26
Powergen were giving these kind of things away for free, we got one the other week. Basically they attach a wireless thing to your meter box and then you have this gadget that sits in yuor house and tells you how much power you're using, how much it's costing per hour at the current rate etc. Well recommended if you got a letter through offering you one.
#27
Bought one in Buxton, Derbyshire this afternoon. They had quite a few left, towards the back of the store.

Thanks OP
#28
mystik
You have entered electricity at £16/hour!

If your fridge uses electricity at the rate of £1.2/hour. your yearly electricity bill due to the fridge alone would be > £11k :giggle:

Anyway, just divide by a 100...so the cost per hour is 13p.




ive just changed it to[SIZE=2] 00.016:thumbsup: [/SIZE]
#29
dandoc2
[COLOR=red]Viola is like a big cello[/COLOR]:w00t:

LOl dont you mean

VOILA


Actually I think you'll find that a Viola is a bigger Violin - a Cello is BIGGER than A viola but not as big as a Double Bass.

So there!:whistling:
#30
alchemista
Nice deal, I've never seen one cheaper than £10.50.

Try checking out Lidl.
When they have them they are £4.99.
That's what I paid for one from there :)
#31
I got something similar a while ago for £25. Saved me a bunch of money after I found out how much eleccy my PC was supping through the day when I wasn't there, something like 25 pence a day.

Interesting thing about my Freeview box though... draws 8 Watts operational. Putting it into standby and it draws... 7 Watts. Now I switch the thing off at the wall; same thing for my freesat receiver which will draw ~20W in standby.
#32
Not really sure, what the point of this is.

most things I turn off at the plug each night (except for fridge/freezer). what do you do if you do find that the freezer is using £40 a year. Do you turn it off, buy a new one?

anyways.

I think its a gadget for gadgets sake. (But then i say that about phones with cameras and fancy ipods instead of mp3 players)
1 Like #33
Definitely would be useful for me, as I leave dozens of things in standby all the time, and 2 pc's running 24/7, so I'm curious to find out how much they use.

Maybe it's enough to stop me from wasting all this electricity, but until I know how much exactly, I just live in blissful ignorance :)

However, I might just wait til next year when apparently everyone will be able to get them for free from their electricity supplier due to EU legislation..

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6550361.stm

Will
#34
StormB

However, I might just wait til next year when apparently everyone will be able to get them for free from their electricity supplier due to EU legislation..

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6550361.stm

Will


Thanks StormB ... you just saved me £6.99. Also, presumably there should be a massive 2nd hand market in these, after all once you've used it on all your applicances you have no further use for it! Or maybe borrow someone elses for a day!
#35
rizla01
Actually I think you'll find that a Viola is a bigger Violin - a Cello is BIGGER than A viola but not as big as a Double Bass.

So there!:whistling:
Hmmmmmh .. Violas...


http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plantprofile_viola.shtml


:whistling: :whistling: :giggle:
#36
i found out my freeview recorder was sucking 21 watts in standby ! thats just like leaving a 20w low energy light bulb on ! plus my 360 took another 10 w and my tv 7 w and video 5w ...42 watts on standby, i got a device called a eon powerdown which turns everything off when the tv goes into standby or is turned off,i fitted one in each bedroom and it saves me over £100 a year ! also my pc was using 250 watts but my notebook only uses 36 watts ........ u do the math ! £ £ £ £ £
1 Like #37
StormB
Definitely would be useful for me, as I leave dozens of things in standby all the time, and 2 pc's running 24/7, so I'm curious to find out how much they use.

If you over-clock your CPU it’s useful to check the power consumption before and after. If you manually set say 1.4V in the BIOS it can significantly affect the systems power consumption even at idle (30W+) and obviously much more when the CPU is at full load. Power consumption rises in relationship to the square of the voltage so it’s a double whammy.
I still over-clock but only using the ‘official’ range of voltages that the CPU supports and I leave the power saving feature on which reduces voltage and clock speed at idle: AMD = Cool ‘n’ Quiet, Intel = Speedstep.
If you manually set a voltage in the BIOS it stops the system from being able to lower the voltage at idle. You can still over-clock to somewhere in the range 2.8 – 3.2GHz using this method with an Intel Core 2 Duo. It’s that last 400+ MHz that requires a disproportionate amount of voltage and power consumption.
#38
The big things I'm checking is how much electricity i'm wasting by leaving things on standby and leaving phone chargers plugged in.

It's convenient to leave the plasma on standby as the kids can turn it on in the morning using the remote, but if it turns out that it's sucking juice then I'll start switching it off on the awkward switch at the back of it and the kids can wait for someone to get up to watch TV.
#39
My freaking leccy bill is exorbitant, so I got to get me one of these.
#40
The URL no longer works as it’s a Sunday Special Buy, does this mean the offer was only for yesterday? I don’t know Aldi’s quirks.

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