How to measure your appliances and devices power consumption using a plug-in power meter
Our objective is to decrease our electricity consumption and save money on our electricity bills.
The first step we need to take is to measure how much electricity we are consuming and then work towards finding ways to reducing our electricity consumption.
All of our house appliances and devices like the wash machine, the dishwasher, the TV or the printer are plugged to a wall socket. With a power consumption meter we can determine how much energy our appliance or devices is using and, more importantly, we can measure the power consumption over a period of time.
The image below shows the power meter that we are using during our tests. For more details and specifications, clicking on the image will re-direct you to the product page in Amazon.
Learn how to use a power consumption plug in power meter
Following the principle that one image is worth one thousand words, we have made a video where we show how to use a plug-in power meter and how it can be used to measure our appliances and devices power consumption.
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As explained on the video, we did measure the power consumption of our dishwasher cycles and that did allow us to know that we were not using the most efficient cycle. Since, we have got used to always use the Eco cycle and even though it takes over three hours to complete we have just adjusted our routines and now we run the dishwasher overnight.
|Cycle||Power consumption||Total cost|
|70 degrees||1,21 KWh||0,31 euro|
|Auto||0,80-1,10 KWh||0,20 - 0,28 euro|
|Auto + Vario Speed||1 KWh||0,28 euro|
|Eco||0,60 KWh||0,15 euro|
In our opinion, a plug-in power meter is a cheap an easy to use device which make us become more aware of our daily electricity usage and, as we have proved already, to save money it may just be matter of being more aware of how our habits and lifestyle can contribute towards reducing our energy and water usage.
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