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I was recently given the opportunity from Geothermal Genius to test a Kill-A-Watt EZ Meter from P3 International, which is a device that measures and estimates the cost of devices you use in your home. Whether you are curious how much energy a major appliance in your home consumes, the desktop computer your family leaves on all the time or multiple devices, it is a pretty user-friendly device that calculates the hourly, weekly, monthly or yearly cost of running that device.
All I needed to do after entering the kWh rate (found on your most recent electricity bill) was plug the Kill-A-Watt EZ into an outlet then plug the device I wanted to test into the Kill-A-Watt. Smaller devices like computers and laptops only cost a couple of dollars a year to power, so the largest chunk of a our utility bill clearly comes from heating/cooling the home and the water heater. Of course all the small appliances that cost pennies a year to operate add up as well, so you can definitely use a device like this to see where you can cut costs if needs be.
Geothermal Genius provided this device as a means to get me (and my readers) thinking about the energy we use in our homes and where we may be using more energy that we need. Obviously heating and cooling our homes takes a large amount of energy and they are a company that provide the information you would need when considering a geothermal heat pump. It is pretty interesting technology and if coupled with solar panels you could “live entirely off the grid”. If you would like to learn more about ground source heat pumps, geoexchange or information about the Kill-A-Watt device you can visit http://www.geothermalgenius.org/ or P3International.com.
What do you do to monitor or cut energy costs in your home?
Samples of the products mentioned in the review were provided for this review. No other compensation was received and the views and opinions are my own.