OWL Energy Monitor £13.99 + £1.99 postage from Argos Outlet on ebay
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OWL Energy Monitor £13.99 + £1.99 postage from Argos Outlet on ebay

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Found 14th Oct 2012
This is my first post, so please don't be too harsh...

Here's the story... I rang up my energy company expecting to be able to get a free one of these, but EDF wanted £60!!!

Instead I decided to just buy my own - the OWLs are one of the most desirable brands so I've heard, normally £30 odd quid. This one on the Argos Outlet on ebay is pretty cheap :-)

You should easily recoup the cost of this item in a fairly short time by being a bit more savvy with your electricity usage.
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Don't energy companies give you these free?
If you're lucky - I'm not :-)
I have no idea why this is going cold - but it does look a great price for a whole-house simple electric energy use monitor - if that is what you want. It isn't that much more than a single-socket monitor. Personally, I'd rather have one with a computer interface of some form (which I don't think that this one has) , as the data can then be normalised by the addition of other information, eg outside air temperature and daylight hours. Clearly consumption will vary for perfectly justifiable reasons - it's the unjustified increases that need to be identified and removed, if possible. You can also use these things to justify using *more* electricity, if the amount saved is going to be inconsequential compared to the inconvenience.
Good price, but a lot of utility companies give these away for free...;)
Grrrrrrrrrrr

Personally, I'd rather have one with a computer interface of some form … Personally, I'd rather have one with a computer interface of some form (which I don't think that this one has) , as the data can then be normalised by the addition of other information, eg outside air temperature and daylight hours.


I was only really looking for one that could track my overall usage - that way I can see what happens when I turn the kettle on or something, and work out what is costing me a fortune.

I must say though, that does sound pretty sweet to have one that connects to your PC and tracks extra stuff! :-)

I also thought this was a good deal, no idea why it's going cold either!
Faberge

Good price, but a lot of utility companies give these away for free...;)


I'm with EDF energy - called them up and they wanted £60, so I was like screw that, I'll buy my own!
change electricity supplier

I have two contracts one with Scottish gas and one with Utility warehouse, both are similar and pretty good value for money so far. I'm going to compare costs after five years (three years gone -neck & neck) to see which is better
OperateOnMe

change electricity supplierI have two contracts one with Scottish gas and … change electricity supplierI have two contracts one with Scottish gas and one with Utility warehouse, both are similar and pretty good value for money so far. I'm going to compare costs after five years (three years gone -neck & neck) to see which is better


Did think about that, but we had a british gas guy over to give us a quote, and after an hour of our time he unveiled his estimate, which was about 10% more expensive than we're paying!!! Might have another look, but I'm not holding my breath...
Wasnt until we had one of these I realised our old TV was using as much power as a kettle. Forgetting some energy suppliers will give an inferior version of these away, its a good deal.
Get the cheapest gas and electric and buy an owl!!!

It will show you what uses a lot of power and when, granted I've had mine for 2 years now and I am aware of what use what but it good to see and keep an eye out, good price I think

Cheers OP

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Thanks for the positive comments guys - the cold temperature and comments were starting to make me doubt my purchase! I thought it was a good deal - even the knock off unbranded ones are £20 odd quid !
Reviews read good. Great feedback on here from existing users. Seems perfect for my needs at under £16. Thanks.
I got one of these from Costco for that price, been using it for the last year love it!
I got one of these a few weeks ago, really helpful for reducing your consumption where you can. I've managed to reduce my daily average consumption by about 20%. I've been comparing mine daily to the actual meter readings and mine is consistently over reading my usage by around 10-16% a day. Nevertheless still a useful tool. Makes you realise that it isn't things like washing machines that are the big users but more like the other stuff - my home cinema system was using 50w just on standby, putting the SKy box into standby when not using it halves it's power consumption etc.
I had one years ago, worked a treat, completely inaccurate so found it was necessary to take regular meter readings to get a mental picture of the adjustments required to the figure you read. I reckon it was responsible for a saving of 20-40% off my electricity usage, but once you've sorted the big issues, then you really need to measure individual devices to find where the last remnants of savings can be made.

If you have photovoltaic panels, you may find these utterly useless, as mine now shows the absolute difference between what's being consumed and what's being generated, so if the panels are generating 1kw and I'm using 0.75kw, this would register as 0.25kw, equally well if generating 0.25kw and burning 0.25kw would show as 0kw. So at any time it may read massively over, massively under or exactly right.

mike
Voted HOT because of price and your persistence!
Just turn stuff off when not in use, preferably at the socket, or use power down devices for TV peripherals.
Spend a couple of pound more, and get one of the Eon monitors on eBay for about £20.
These are rebranded currentcost.com/pro…tml - and will allow you record data to your pc or upload to the net. eg www.cosm.com.
As well as monitoring your whole house you can add individual plugin monitors (IAM) for about £15, which are useful for isolating problems.

thats what i did, the eon ones come in a nice black too... by far the best energy monitor on the market.

jsoap

Spend a couple of pound more, and get one of the Eon monitors on eBay for … Spend a couple of pound more, and get one of the Eon monitors on eBay for about £20.These are rebranded http://www.currentcost.com/product-envi.html - and will allow you record data to your pc or upload to the net. eg http://www.cosm.com.As well as monitoring your whole house you can add individual plugin monitors (IAM) for about £15, which are useful for isolating problems.



thats what i did, the eon ones come in a nice black too... by far the best energy monitor on the market.
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