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Entertainment (March 2009)

Gauging Your Power Drain
by John R. Quain
Finding the electrical draws in your home is simple

Want to know just how much electricity your home stereo is eating? Or how about how much power your home is drawing daily? There are devices to help.

The $35 Kill-A-Watt EZ is a gadget that you can plug devices into at an outlet to track their electricity usage. Enter your local kilowatt per hour rate, and it will tell you what watching TV or running your AC costs you each week; www.pcinternational.com. For the whole house, Black & Decker’s $100 Power Monitor uses a sensor that you strap onto a home’s exterior electricity meter. The device then wirelessly beams the information to a hand-held device that tells you in real time how much electricity you’re using—and how much it’s costing you; blackanddecker.com.

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