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I saw this instore at B&Q yesterday and seems to be much cheaper than anywhere else.

It connects to your electricity supply at the fusebox and gives a constant readout on a remote display of how much electricty you are using in the whole house.

The theory is that by being aware of your consumption, you will start to switch things off and save money.

I'm still undecided though on whether to get one of these, are a simple plug in monitor that measures only one socket, also instore at B&Q for £9.98.

*please note that the link is to the manufacturer's website for information only*
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#1
I have been looking at these for some time now, and am looking forward to getting one.

But at the moment am planning on moving house soon, and am not too sure if they are removable once you attach them to them mains , anyone any idea?
#2
The sensor clamps around the outside of the incoming live supply, and is easily removable - there is no direct connection to the electricity supply.
#3
I signed up to southern electric on a tariff called better plan and got one of these free(£45 value though)
also if my usage goes done after a year i get a reduction on my bill.

be kind this is my first post

http://www.southern-electric.co.uk/ForYourHome/EnergyProducts/betterplan.aspx

for more info
#4
Got one today thanks.
Took B&Q staff ages to find it.
Never heard of it. Couldn't find it, didn't think it would be there!

Heat & rep
#5
cheers also got one after them also never hearing bout it....

now to fry myself fitting it...lol
#6
Why not save £30 and put it toward your bill??????
#7
packard;1447847
Why not save £30 and put it toward your bill??????

How does that help you become more energy efficient and aware, which is the point of this device?
#8
No need for a device, just find out the power consumption of your items then use them more wisely, saves £29.99!!!
#9
simate;1448636
No need for a device, just find out the power consumption of your items then use them more wisely, saves £29.99!!!

Even better, don't buy anything but the essential items and only use them when absolutely necessary then you don't have to be concerned in the first place.
banned#10
simate;1448636
No need for a device, just find out the power consumption of your items then use them more wisely, saves £29.99!!!

stated power consumptions are wildly inaccurate. I tested my PC and it used 300-350W when on, and 200W when I hibernated it. I thought it was meant to go down to 3-5W

I now turn my pc off completely.
#11
csiman
stated power consumptions are wildly inaccurate. I tested my PC and it used 300-350W when on, and 200W when I hibernated it. I thought it was meant to go down to 3-5W

I now turn my pc off completely.


Whilst I agree that it is not a good idea to trust the power consumption figures stated by manufacturers, there is something very wrong with the figures you have just stated for your PC. For comparison I've just taken readings from a desktop system here and these are the results:

Tower:
Powered on and sat at the desktop doing nothing - 60W
Hibernated - 3W

TFT Monitor:
Powered on - 25W
Standby - 2W

All readings taken with a cheapy meter from Maplin so not likely to be the most accurate but they give a ballpark figure.

Whilst there should be some differences between systems depending on how modern they are and what architecture they use, no PC should take anywhere near 200W when hibernated as that is its lowest power state when almost no components are drawing power!
#12
i thought when a PC was in "hibernated mode" it was off then windows just loads what ever was back into ram when you turn it on again? Standby mode in windows does draw a small amount of power though.
#13
khemical
Whilst I agree that it is not a good idea to trust the power consumption figures stated by manufacturers, there is something very wrong with the figures you have just stated for your PC. For comparison I've just taken readings from a desktop system here and these are the results:

Tower:
Powered on and sat at the desktop doing nothing - 60W
Hibernated - 3W

TFT Monitor:
Powered on - 25W
Standby - 2W

All readings taken with a cheapy meter from Maplin so not likely to be the most accurate but they give a ballpark figure.

Whilst there should be some differences between systems depending on how modern they are and what architecture they use, no PC should take anywhere near 200W when hibernated as that is its lowest power state when almost no components are drawing power!


Excuse my ignorance, but how do you test this (I appreciate you need a meter of some sort) but what do you do with it?

This has been a concern of mine for ages as I have 3 tvs and 4 laptops plus all the rest of the stuff one uses in a house and my bills are going up and up.
banned#14
ellives;1450131
Excuse my ignorance, but how do you test this (I appreciate you need a meter of some sort) but what do you do with it?

This has been a concern of mine for ages as I have 3 tvs and 4 laptops plus all the rest of the stuff one uses in a house and my bills are going up and up.

you plug your appliance into the meter which plugs into the power supply.

Mine must be faulty to give such ridiculous readings then :thinking:
banned#15
#16
one more gadget for climate change, well it is simple guys use electricity sensibly, we all do not have to shelve 30£ for millions of such gadgets.
#17
All very interesting thank you to all for the information
#18
Ive got the Electrisave version (work bought it) and its a novelty, sure it shows certain things, but you are better graphing your usage (gas, electric and water) ALSO the clamp fitting for the mains cable will not fit over certain sizes of cable
Voted warm for being cheap though

Ronnie
#19
perhaps the real problem is were being ripped off on elec prices??? we still gotta use that washing machine, fridge, freezer, plasma tv, PC, etc etc, were paying more cause were being held to ransom by the charges we get, another con to get us to go GREEN and buy all new stuff that is energy efficient again huh....
#20
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simate
No need for a device, just find out the power consumption of your items then use them more wisely, saves £29.99!!!

Rated power consumption figures are normally absolute maximum, usefull for working out fuse ratings.
Actual figures during use may be significantly different.
Set mine up in 5 mins and now the kids are walking round the house switching things off.

We can even tell from watching the monitor in the front room when the kettle finishes boiling in the kitchen 15m (and 3 rooms) away![/SIZE]
#21
Set mine up in 5 mins and now the kids are walking round the house switching things off.

Same here - it's educational and a fair price (much better than the designer diykyoto wattson at £150!) I shall assume all the comments above about "save £30 and just turn stuff off" are from the greenest of green - if thirty quid has the whole family thinking about the electricity bill every day then I fully expect it to be a wise investment. And thank you OP for spotting the offer. Eastbourne B&Q didn't know anything about it when I phoned up to ask, but I went anyway and lo and behold, twenty of them in their own 'bargain bin' :O)
#22
What a waste of money. Just take the starting meter reading then a closing meter reading then subtract them.

Even an utter waste of money when you consider that all electrical items have their power consumption written on them.
banned#23
sicknote;1450794
What a waste of money. Just take the starting meter reading then a closing meter reading then subtract them.

Even an utter waste of money when you consider that all electrical items have their power consumption written on them.

Methinks you dont have a clue what to use this product for. :whistling:
#24
I got one of these for Christmas, and it is really good. I heartily recommend everyone to get one.

You don't realize how much individual electrical appliances use. You tend to think, for instance, that lights use very little electricity, whilst computers and televisions on standby use a lot, when in fact the opposite is true.

The OWL shows exactly what each appliance uses, and is very simple to set up and use.

When you have 'sussed' your own household, you lend it to friends for a week, and ask for a small donation to an environmental charity.

Get one!
#25
Excellent item, just bagged one for £24 with my discount :)
#26
Seems like a pretty good deal and a great device. No doubt it will make all the family more aware of how much electricity they're using and will result in them being more energy concious and turn stuff off more often potentially saving a lot of money every year. Could pay for itself quite quickly.

Not sure why some people sound almost angry at the device and/or at the thought of spending money on it :roll:
#27
I see there is a lot of "don't like it - never tried it" in the comments.
We have had a device like this in the kitchen showing real time power usage for almost 5 years. It works well, educates the kids, encourages you to turn things off, informs about the cost of individual appliances, even works as a quick check before going out that you have turned everything off.
Highly recommended and this is the cheapest I've ever seen one.
Heat added.
#28
These devices are really not that accurate - seen one in operation which was ~23% out with the consumption ...

Other bad point is that they are for electricity only ...

Also, as part of the government white paper on energy, they were minded to ask energy companies to provide these for free from March this year - still waiting for BERR consultation response to confirm.

Probably best waiting for the roll out of SMART Meters - at least these will provide accurate info (Weights and Measures will make sure) ...

Also, these things sell to the energy companies for less than £8 - so B&Q is making a killing !!!
#29
I picked one up today, it was marked on the shelf as 49.99 (reduced from 59.99), but scanned at 29.99.

I was not sure if I really needed this, but got my Electricity bill today after putting in the online readings with Scottish power, and the shock convinced me that it might be a wise investment :shock:

Lots of fun going round trying to workout what was using what and estimating the various costs of things. From what I can tell its also fairly accurate, almost spot on when checked against known rated items such as lighting. And certainly close enough for calculations on usage costs (bearing in mind that usage patterns are often rough estimates anyway).

I agree with the earlier posts that this type of product has a useful secondary benefit in that having the measurments right in front of you makes you think about your energy usage more. This includes the children who we are continually reminding to turn off lights, tv's, computer etc when not in use. :roll:

I can definetley see a few friends and relatives borrowing it for look at their carbon footprint. Not for everyone I guess, but voted hot as this is a good price for a change of mindset. Cheers OP.
#30
Well having read some of the pro's and cons about using these devices - maybe somebody could start by posting their savings and which items around the home were the main energy hogs?
#31
Good idea, now if it could be linked to a pocket money dispenser, so at the end of the week the Kids get rewarded for the savings made! The number of times I go upstairs and turn off lights that have been left on..... this may help change awareness and ultimately reduce consumption.
#32
I think this is a good idea, especially if you have a family that you can get interested in trying to make savings. Unfortunately, I have a girlfriend that already thinks I am a bit of a dick for going round turning lights off all the time and is quite happy to leave hot taps running for ages, using the wok-sized burner for a small saucepan and seems to use enough water to wash a car just to clean her teeth.

Maybe its just me. I dont think I am tight. I certainly like spending cash on gadgets - like this one (although I do wonder how accurate it can be if it just clips on to a wire) but something tells me that I will be the only one that looks at the readings on this and it will cause even more friction!
#33
One problem my elecy supplies charges me so much for 1st 900 units then a lower rate. This unit only lets you input one unit charge.
banned#34
Longy;1454288
I think this is a good idea, especially if you have a family that you can get interested in trying to make savings. Unfortunately, I have a girlfriend that already thinks I am a bit of a dick for going round turning lights off all the time and is quite happy to leave hot taps running for ages, using the wok-sized burner for a small saucepan and seems to use enough water to wash a car just to clean her teeth.

Maybe its just me. I dont think I am tight. I certainly like spending cash on gadgets - like this one (although I do wonder how accurate it can be if it just clips on to a wire) but something tells me that I will be the only one that looks at the readings on this and it will cause even more friction!

I know exactly what you mean. I got around this situation by saying that she can pay the gas/electric/water and I'd pay the council tax. Things changed fast once the first utility bills came in :-D
#35
nice find
#36
Note, B&Q staff may have zero knowledge of these items. For interested parties, quote the barcode number 5037151006143.

Bought one today, up and running in minutes, great stuff!
#37
Bristol B&Q had none of these today, but I found plenty at the Swindon B&Q. They were priced up in store as '15% off - now £49.99', but I can confirm that they went through the till at £29.99

In the Swindon store, they were with the lighting, not the electricals. Bristol store told me that theirs had been near the tills.
#38
Do you have a B and Q part reference for this Owl energy monitor? We could not find it and the staff were no wiser.
#39
B&Q Northwich had them in the gardening section?!! At least the guy knew where it was.

For anyones who is thinking of getting this, it clips on the live lead between your meter and the fuse box. If your meter and fuse box are like mine and mounted on a board with the cables going behind then, like me it you may not be able to get the clip on the cable. Mines going to have to be returned.

For the person wanting a reference my receipt has no part number, just a description of "ENERGY MONTR". Someone else has posted the bar code number above. That may help. Also, the stock of OWL's in this bargain bin looked pretty old and coated in dust and grime so you may not be looking for a shiny new display.

Good luck
#40
I went to B&Q in Croydon but none of the staff had ever seen one or heard of them. Their in-store stock-checker system said that they had 14 in stock, but the location wasn't recorded. It wasn't to be seen in the electrical department. We then drove to the huge Sutton store where we managed to find somebody who at least recognised it, but said that they'd sold out 'ages' ago. Couldn't see them in either stores 'bargains' area.:?

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