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Plug-in Electricity Monitor - was £24.99 now £7.99 in store (£2.99 postage)
Plug-in Electricity Monitor - was £24.99 now £7.99 in store (£2.99 postage)

Plug-in Electricity Monitor - was £24.99 now £7.99 in store (£2.99 postage)

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What with the recently hiked energy prices and future rises looming, no doubt many of us will be becoming more conscious about out energy usage. What better way to do so than with this bargain plug in energy monitor. At a mere £7.99, it won't break the bank, and i can imagine it could pay itself off in a few months if you're more energy conscious because of it!

Product Features

· Monitor energy consumption from any appliance plugged into a socket
· Great for seeing how much power your appliances are consuming
· Can display the cost of electricity and power used
· Large LCD display
· Set up in less than 2 minutes
· Up to 9 different types of data displayed
· Memory function
· Maximum current 13A / maximum power 3120W

By simply entering the unit cost of your electricity and plugging an appliance or extension lead into the power monitor, the LCD screen enables you to easily see the cost of the plugged in appliances. It allows you to see useful data such as: cost generated by a socket, tariff, power factor, kilowatt hours used (as found on your electricity bill), active watts consumed, apparent power, voltage from the socket, amps used and frequency of the electricity (mains power is normally 50Hz).

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Technical Specification

Technical specifications:
Ratings: AC 100 V-240 V / 50 - 60HZ / maximum13A
Range of the measuring power: 0.2W - 3120W;
Range of the measuring voltage: 90V - 250V (tolerance: (1%+1))
Range of the measuring current: 0A - 13A (tolerance: (1.5%+25))
Range of the measuring frequency: 50 - 60Hz (tolerance 1)
Range of the displaying amount of electricity used: 0.001 - 9999kWh
Range of the unit price setting: 0.00 - 99.99 / kWh
Operating temperature: -10 to +40 °C
Humidity: 85%RH
IP rating: IP20
Up to altitude of 2000m (indoor use)

114 Comments

Not excited about this as it only monitors appliances that are plugged in to this adaptor. Just as easy to look at the wattage on the appliance and calculate the cost.

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Doid;2686250

Not excited about this as it only monitors appliances that are plugged in … Not excited about this as it only monitors appliances that are plugged in to this adaptor. Just as easy to look at the wattage on the appliance and calculate the cost.



Agreed in many cases, but this saves some people math, but also a pc may have a 600w power supply, but won't be using that all teh time. Plus many items don't state standby wattage eg. Sky+ boxes (14.5w on standby, for info)

Everyone should have one of these ,Especially at this price,
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Someone is trying to sell the exact same one on ebay for £9.99 + £2.99 P&P

haha

But you need to plug this in to use it don't you? :?

jerry;2686708

But you need to plug this in to use it don't you? :?



Take it around the house trying different appliances and seeing how much electricity they use while running and in standby,Iguarantee it will change your electricity usage habits.My PC was having a problem where it would not go into standby so i left it on most of the time but when i got this i soon got my PC sorted after realising how much electricity it was using,As for things you cant unplug such as hot water ,You can just turn everything else of and check the meter usage and work it out from there,
I discovered from this that my Sky+ box uses the same power whether turned on or on standby.
Tony

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tonyg1962;2686962

I discovered from this that my Sky+ box uses the same power whether … I discovered from this that my Sky+ box uses the same power whether turned on or on standby.Tony



Interesting, given their claims: dtg.org.uk/new…316

got one of these quite usefull and cheap at this price. Sky box14.5 w in standby is rather high considering most tv,s only use about 1 or 2 w mine does not reg on this in standby checked my sky box its aboute right wonder what the virgin cable box,s use

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andy math;2688231

got one of these quite usefull and cheap at this price. Sky box14.5 w in … got one of these quite usefull and cheap at this price. Sky box14.5 w in standby is rather high considering most tv,s only use about 1 or 2 w mine does not reg on this in standby checked my sky box its aboute right wonder what the virgin cable box,s use



I can imagine a Sky box being rather low on standby, but a Sky+ box with anytime is constantly spinning up a 6/7w hard drive

Doid;2686250

Not excited about this as it only monitors appliances that are plugged in … Not excited about this as it only monitors appliances that are plugged in to this adaptor. Just as easy to look at the wattage on the appliance and calculate the cost.



Doesnt really work that way.


Some appliances (like some cheap 2.1 PC speakers) will literally use as much power on standby as they will when in use.

This device is perfect for finidng out which of your appliances have a proper standby that knocks the power usage right down to single figure watts

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Python5;2686585

Someone is trying to sell the exact same one on ebay for £9.99 + £2.99 P … Someone is trying to sell the exact same one on ebay for £9.99 + £2.99 P&Phaha



Why is this funny?

I have bought this product....instructions are a bit rubbish but I have found it very helpful to indentify where the power/money is going! Worth checking you freezer or fridge (particularly if they are old) and then comparing to the spec on new A+ rated ones. My old freezer was terribly inefficient and is now replaced with one that will pay for itself in one year!

hmmm, let me see, inflation is getting out of control , and suddenly energy prices are rocketing........

in a word TAXATION............ dont believe otherwise, thats all it is, the government are using it as a stealth tax, but they wont tell ya that, just blame the energy companies instead !!

very clever.

cats;2692346

hmmm, let me see, inflation is getting out of control , and suddenly … hmmm, let me see, inflation is getting out of control , and suddenly energy prices are rocketing........in a word TAXATION............ dont believe otherwise, thats all it is, the government are using it as a stealth tax, but they wont tell ya that, just blame the energy companies instead !!very clever.



Not forgetting closing down all the coal mines, then using all our gas to generate electricity. How stupid can you get.

Superb deal.

Worth the money to stop all arguments when the bills come and everyone claims "thats you with your PC, or that's you with your Xbox360".

Best reading is KWH. This is directly what you get charged by your supplyer.

Plug it in and let the device run for an hour to get a good reading of what it costs to run in KWH.

Don't forget the device itself uses electricity..

So by using one to check how much a device is using it is costing you more monry than if you didn't..

If you are going to go for a device to monitor, get one that clips round your meter tails, and monitor the house remotely.

Chiptivo;2692424

Don't forget the device itself uses electricity..So by using one to check … Don't forget the device itself uses electricity..So by using one to check how much a device is using it is costing you more monry than if you didn't..



Bit of a pointless and pedantic thing to say, to be honest. The amount of electricity consumed by one of these devices will be virtually nothing; all it's powering is a tiny LCD display. It's certainly not costing any remotely measurable amount of money.

As for Sky+ boxes, be aware that if you set your box to standby, the hard-drive doesn't turn off immediately so power usage will remain at about 14-15W for a short while. If you don't use the fairly pointless Anytime TV feature, go into the options and turn it off and I'd imagine this will allow the hard-drive to be turned off more often. It won't effect your normal Sky+ functionality in any way.

Please help me, all you clever people.

I have set my PC to 'hibernate' if it's not used for one hour. I also 'hibernate' overnight.

Is this the most cost-effective thing to do? I am trying desperately to cut down on my electricity bill.

I am led to believe that turning the PC completely off and subsequently on again is both wasteful of electricity and damaging to its components.

Am I right to 'hibernate'?

I think these come around in Aldi or Lidl now and then, at much the same price

renard;2692486

Please help me, all you clever people.I have set my PC to 'hibernate' if … Please help me, all you clever people.I have set my PC to 'hibernate' if it's not used for one hour. I also 'hibernate' overnight.Is this the most cost-effective thing to do? I am trying desperately to cut down on my electricity bill.I am led to believe that turning the PC completely off and subsequently on again is both wasteful of electricity and damaging to its components.Am I right to 'hibernate'?



i,m guessing it uses hardly any power as hardware is switched off whilst in hibernation mode. You will get a slight adavandge in boot up time. reduced powerc consumption and maybe even components lasting longer but not much. Not really worth worrying about

renard;2692486

Please help me, all you clever people.I have set my PC to 'hibernate' if … Please help me, all you clever people.I have set my PC to 'hibernate' if it's not used for one hour. I also 'hibernate' overnight.Is this the most cost-effective thing to do? I am trying desperately to cut down on my electricity bill.I am led to believe that turning the PC completely off and subsequently on again is both wasteful of electricity and damaging to its components.Am I right to 'hibernate'?



In a word NO. Leaving the PC on overnight is far more wasteful of electricity than turning on from scratch. Turning it off and then on again in the morning wont affect the lifespan of a PC either as the average lifespan of a PC is far less (even working on a decent lifespan of say 6+ years) the the MTBF of a component within if turned off and on once a day - well within expected usage.

Qubit;2692809

In a word NO. Leaving the PC on overnight is far more wasteful of … In a word NO. Leaving the PC on overnight is far more wasteful of electricity than turning on from scratch. Turning it off and then on again in the morning wont affect the lifespan of a PC either as the average lifespan of a PC is far less (even working on a decent lifespan of say 6+ years) the the MTBF of a component within if turned off and on once a day - well within expected usage.



In a word YES. Hibernate means your current open session is saved to hard drive and your machine is switched off. When you restart your machine instead of going into the standard boot routine, it reads the instructions on your hard drive and recreates your session exactly as you left it prior to hibernating. If your machine is set up properly, hibernate will switch the machine off.

Sleep is where your current session is written to RAM and your machine spins down the hard drives, stops sending display signals to your monitor so it blanks out and ticks over using just enough power to keep the RAM going.

Currently, PCs are so cheap and so quickly obsolescent that the worry of wearing out your components by switching on and off is pretty much a thing of the past, unless you are literally watching every penny.

Northerner;2692378

Not forgetting closing down all the coal mines, then using all our gas to … Not forgetting closing down all the coal mines, then using all our gas to generate electricity. How stupid can you get.



Our coal fired power stations have to use imported coal due to emissions regulations. Home produced coal would be 90% useless for generating power - sulphur content etc, and would have to be expensively processed to be clean enough, add to this the cost of extraction, and it is cheaper to import form South America - which is now common.

No point letting the facts get in the way of a good rant though.:whistling:

brilliant device - i only wish i got one before i ran a 2.4kw electirc heater for more than i should over the last xmas break....1p a minute soon adds up 0_0

Northerner;2692378

Not forgetting closing down all the coal mines, then using all our gas to … Not forgetting closing down all the coal mines, then using all our gas to generate electricity. How stupid can you get.



When did they close down coal mines?

If I recall all they did was stop the coal mines stealing from the tax payer. If they could stand on their own two feet like any other business they did fine. If they couldn’t because it was an unviable business, ie it cost them more to dig the stuff up than what anyone would pay then just like any other business they went bust.

renard;2692486

Please help me, all you clever people.I have set my PC to 'hibernate' if … Please help me, all you clever people.I have set my PC to 'hibernate' if it's not used for one hour. I also 'hibernate' overnight.Is this the most cost-effective thing to do? I am trying desperately to cut down on my electricity bill.I am led to believe that turning the PC completely off and subsequently on again is both wasteful of electricity and damaging to its components.Am I right to 'hibernate'?




No don’t "hibernate". Just turn it off and then switch it off from the mains. When the pc is just turned off or is hibernating it uses some power still. i think mine does about 35 watts when turned off/hibernating. Turn it off from the mains.

Although this will not save you much money.

[COLOR="DarkRed"]If you want to save money on the energy bills like electricity and gas your first major point is home heating. Do not turn the central heating on and just wear suitable clothing for the time of the year. Might require 2 jumpers but you really don’t need to turn the central heating on. That alone will save the average house £600.

Then the next big step is cutting down on the hot water use. Water is a weird substance in that it takes a lot of energy to heat water up. The energy it takes to heat water to 100 degrees centigrade would heat the same mass of steel to 1000 degrees centigrade. So limit the amount of warm/hot water you use. Don’t wash the dishes with running warm/hot water. Use cold water where possible.

Just for ref. A bath costs about £1.50 if you use electric and about 75p if you use gas. (Assuming 250 litres and water is heated 50 degrees, electric at 10p/kWh and gas at 3p/kWh). A quick shower would cost 1/10th as much.[/COLOR]
:thumbsup:

edit to say "damaging to its components" is incorrect

cells;2692969

When did they close down coal mines?If I recall all they did was stop the … When did they close down coal mines?If I recall all they did was stop the coal mines stealing from the tax payer. If they could stand on their own two feet like any other business they did fine. If they couldn’t because it was an unviable business, ie it cost them more to dig the stuff up than what anyone would pay then just like any other business they went bust.



Hallelujah. Someone speaking sense for a change. 70's British industry was lazy, unproductive and dominated by unions who wielded far too much power. We were falling way behind other countries and it was NCB, BL et al could not continue draining our finances much longer. Thankfully, somebody grasped the nettle......

cells;2693031

So limit the amount of warm/hot water you use. Don’t wash the dishes w … So limit the amount of warm/hot water you use. Don’t wash the dishes with running warm/hot water. Use cold water where possible.



Do you mean for "rinsing" the dishes? My dad used to wash-up in cold water and it just meant that everything you ate off had a layer of grease on it. I would not recommend it. Also, rinsing after washing up is a waste of time (unless you have used far too much washing-up liquid in the first place).

Interesting info on the price of baths and showers though - can anyone provide some stats to justify my resistance to getting a dishwasher!

renard;2692486

Please help me, all you clever people.I have set my PC to 'hibernate' if … Please help me, all you clever people.I have set my PC to 'hibernate' if it's not used for one hour. I also 'hibernate' overnight.Is this the most cost-effective thing to do? I am trying desperately to cut down on my electricity bill.I am led to believe that turning the PC completely off and subsequently on again is both wasteful of electricity and damaging to its components.Am I right to 'hibernate'?



Yes you'll be fine to hibernate. Anyone who is saying no doesn't know how it works. Hibernating writes the contents of RAM to disk, and then switches off the computer. It's no more or less power-saving than shutting down normally, but keeps your programs open. As has been already mentioned, hibernate is different to sleep (although I'm guessing you already know that).

All PC's use some standby current, so if you want to minimise how much of this is used then switch off at the mains as well (you can do this even after hibernating).

Turning a PC on again isn't wasteful of electricity, but it does put more stress on it than normal operation (for example this is why light bulbs usually only blow when you switch them on).

As to what's best for you - it really depends on how often your PC is switched off and on again (including restoring from hibernation). If you found yourself doing it 10 times a day, then the chances are you'll need a new hard drive before you've saved the equivalent amount of electricity (along with the stress of losing all your data!). If it's only switched off and on again once per day, then I'd reckon you'll be fine.

Will

We have one of these:
ethicalsuperstore.com/pro…or/
Monitors the power consumption of the whole house, and displays the result in pounds and pence. A real eye opener when I first installed it, and resulted in a whole load of stuff being switched off. It's probably paid for itself several times over by now

You have to be very careful with these things - I am not sure that they are accurate at lower wattages I know mine wasn't. They are useful to work out the average wattage of a device over a period of time e.g. washing machine or kettle etc.. but that is all!

FAAAAAAANTASTIC post, thank you so much been looking for them under £10 for a long time but never found any!

heated and repped

Excellent item at a hot price..nice find..

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GeeJay86;2688243

I can imagine a Sky box being rather low on standby, but a Sky+ box with … I can imagine a Sky box being rather low on standby, but a Sky+ box with anytime is constantly spinning up a 6/7w hard drive



If you have a sky+ box you need to turn off Anytime TV, when in standby the sky box is recording all the programs so you can watch them later. Turn it off and you get much better energy savings :thumbsup:

badgerman2;2693043

................. industry was lazy, unproductive and dominated by unions … ................. industry was lazy, unproductive and dominated by unions who wielded far too much power. We were falling way behind other countries..........................



not to dissimilar to our present education system then :thumbsup:

Didn't think I wanted one until I read this thread.
Now if I can save £7.99 in electricity costs by switching things off it will be a useful gadget.
Finding out what different appliances cost to run in real time seems attractive to me.
I am off to buy one today......:thumbsup:

I got one of these from Lidl a while ago and it is brilliant because you can measure your actual usage rather than calculating each individual component, for instance my 6gang extension has a plasma, dvd, sky+, AV amp and xbox all plugged in, you can get readings for all different scenarios which is quite eye-opening, my Plasma uses 3w in standby, 300w whilst being used :oops:

Go get one, if for nothing more than educational purposes :thumbsup:

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lumoruk;2693379

If you have a sky+ box you need to turn off Anytime TV, when in standby … If you have a sky+ box you need to turn off Anytime TV, when in standby the sky box is recording all the programs so you can watch them later. Turn it off and you get much better energy savings :thumbsup:



Have some rep

Never use AnyTime, so will switch it off tonight

Garry

Get yourself one of these for sure!

Since I got mine I've been horrified by how much I must have been paying for things that are switched off (not on standby). My digital radio draws about the same wattage when it's off as when it's on, and powered speakers can easily use 1-2 watts constantly just from having cheap transformers.

Also handy for working out how much something costs - 1p to boil the kettle, 15p for the breadmaker etc..
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