We review the Kill-A-Watt Edge Power Monitor
Save Energy and Money by Keeping an Eye on Usage
by Paige Estigarribia
The Dollar Stretcher was sent a Kill-a-Watt Power Monitor device to facilitate this review. The Dollar Stretcher received no compensation for this review. The opinions in this article are those of the author.
Energy use at home and even at work has a direct relationship to your utility bill. If you run the A/C more, chances are, your energy bill goes up too. And whether it's the heat of summer, or the frigid temps during winter, it's always nice to figure out ways to lower your energy bill. So when P3 International agreed to let us test out a Kill-A-Watt Edge Power Monitor we were super excited. Can it help you lower your energy bills? Here's our opinion:
A Little About the Kill-A-Watt Edge
The Kill-A-Watt Edge is a power monitor that is designed to let you know how much power you are using with a plugged in appliance or device. Once your appliance is plugged into the Kill-A-Watt, simply plug the Kill-A-Watt into the wall. The display on the monitor shows you how much energy you are using, how much it is costing, and even your carbon footprint. Plus the monitor is programmable so that you can schedule it to completely turn off different appliances when not in use. It even has a sensor that can detect movement and automatically turn back on appliances when movement is detected in the room.
What We Liked about the Kill-A-Watt Edge
I tested out the Kill-A-Watt Edge on our electronics at home, and I was definitely impressed. I hooked up the Kill-A-Watt to our bedroom TV and cable box. The meter showed how much power we were using, and then it detected when there was no motion in the room, and the meter turned off all the machines! As soon as someone went back in the room, everything turned on. Plus it is small, so it isn't easily visible. And there is a function to extend the cord, in case you need a longer cord to plug in your appliance or device.
What to Think About Before Buying the Kill-A-Watt Edge
On Amazon, the Kill-A-Watt Edge meter currently costs about $40.00, so make sure this fits in your budget. Also, in our opinion, one thing to think about is where you place the Kill-A-watt Edge, because with no motion activity around it, it will turn off appliances. It may not be good to turn off appliances like refrigerators for longer periods of time, but it worked well for a bedroom TV that isn't in use a lot.
And that's it! We really have enjoyed using our Kill-A-Watt Edge! It could be a great way to monitor energy costs.
Paige Estigarribia is a writer for The Dollar Stretcher who enjoys writing about food, frugal living, and money-saving tips. Visit Paige on Google+.
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