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-Shows the operating costs of your household appliances
-Accurate to within 0.2%
-Large LCD Display
-Calculates cost and forecasts by week, month and year
-Built-in battery backup
-Displays eight critical units of measure
Kill A Watt EZ By P3
Building upon the success of the Kill A Watt Power Monitor (model P4400), P3 International has introduced an enhanced Power Monitor - the Kill A Watt EZ (model P4460). This unit has the same features and functionality of the original model, and adds the capability to program in your local utility rate and display projected costs in dollar and cents by hour, day, week, month or year. Additionally, the unit has a built-in battery backup to retain accumulated readings when power is interrupted.
Start reducing your energy bills with the Kill A Watt EZ electricity usage monitor from P3 International. This device enables you to easily make the decisions that can save you money and reduce your electrical consumption. Virtually any household could use this device and reduce its electrical bill in a single month by an amount greater than the one time cost of this unit.
Specific examples of the real world decisions that this product can help you make include:
* Should I bother to turn that computer off at night?
* Will it pay me to trade in that old refrigerator (dish washer, clothes dryer, etc.) that is working fine for a new high efficiency refrigerator?
* When I turn down the thermostat on the Air Conditioner how much more money is it costing me?
* How much does it matter what speed I set on the plug-in ceiling fan?
* Experts say that a full refrigerator costs less to run than an empty refrigerator. Can I save money by putting jugs of water in my half-full refrigerator? If so - how much per month?
* What does it cost me to use the feature nearly all manufacturers build into their TVs that enables them to turn on instantly? Should I instead buy a simple plug switch and wait 10 or 15 seconds for the TV to warm up every time that I turn it on?
* I keep the battery charger for my phone, electric drill, PDA, etc. plugged in continuously for convenience. How much is this costing me per month?
You can easily answers these questions by connecting the Kill A Watt EZ into your appliances and reading the electrical consumption by the Kilowatt-hour and costs by hour, day, week, month or year on the large LCD display. This is a must-have product for any home in these times of raising energy costs.
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* LCD display cumulative kilowatt-hour monitor
* Power factor displays:
* Calculate and forecast your energy costs in dollar and cents by hour, day, week, month or year
* Accuracy within 0.2%
* Model P4460
* Operating Voltage: 115 VAC
* Max Voltage: 125 VAC
* Max Current: 15 A
* Max Power: 1980 VA
* Built-In Battery Backup
* Weight: 5 oz.
* Dimensions: 5 1/8" X 2 1/2" x 1 1/2"
* $5.99 USA
Recent Customer Feedback:
"I thought you might like to know that I bought your Kill-a-watt Power Meter to help my family learn what the costs were for the electrical things they leave on but aren't using. I was surprised was how easy it was to install and it only took us a few minutes."
"The first item we checked was a PC that we tend to leave on 24/7. We have two and both are modest PCs with older CRT monitors. I left one of them on for almost 65 hours- we learned from the Kill-a-watt that this PC used 6.41 kWH of electricity and cost us a total of $1.17. That is $.42/day, $3.00/week, $12.85/month, or $156 per year according to the kill-a-watt's screen. Since we have 2 PCs usually running in our house.. the total yearly bill for these computers is $312! We hope to reduce this usage to under $100 using your SmartStrips, and our kill-a-watt tells us we are on track so far. These items paid for themselves! Thanks again."
First Test -- The Stereo!
I keep many appliances plugged in year-round and figured a good first test would be my JVC Stereo that is usually blinking "12:00" when not in use. A few seconds after plugging the stereo into the Kill-A-Watt, it was happily reporting that I would spend roughly $20/year just to have the clock blinking. Now for the real test -- turning the stereo on and having it play a CD!! Surely this would consume much more energy since it's spinning the CD, displaying track info, playing through the speakers. To my amazement, when playing a CD the yearly costs only went up to around $26/year. Not too shabby, almost makes you want to keep the stereo running full-time knowing that it doesn't consume much more electricity when on than when off.
Second Test -- Desktop Computer
I have had several computers at home running practically 24/7 over the last 5 years.. more for convenience than anything. I'm sure you've all heard someone say something like "Why turn the computer off? It will cost just as much with the spike in energy during boot-up than to just leave it on." Turns out, that desktop computer I was leaving on 24/7 eats up roughly 150 watts when idle.. over a month at $0.09/KwH I'm spending $11.00 to have the computer running for convenience. And the funny thing? There's at least 12 hours of the day where I'm not even around to use it. So there's $5.50/mo that I could have been saving if I would have shut it off during off-peak hours -- that's $66/yr to have a computer running when I'm not even around to use it! Yeah it's not a million dollars, but if you have 2 or 3 desktop computers running 24/7 that could easily be $30-40 of your electricity bill each month.
Third Test -- Laptop
I have a newer Dell Latitude laptop with a 14.1" widescreen display. Yet another device that I use often enough that I just leave it on 24/7. Fortunatley laptops are less power-hungry since obviously their purpose is to be able to run on battery and they are optimized to consume less power than their desktop counterparts. The laptop costs roughly $3/mo to leave on 24/7.. not bad at all! Worth the convenience for the amount that I use it.
There are a few other short-comings that would be great to see addressed in a future model. Unfortunately the display does not light up, so if you plug the Kill-A-Watt in behind an appliance, reading the display can be a difficult or impossible task. Why have the convenience of having it automatically calculate energy costs if you can't read the display? When plugged into the wall, the Kill-A-Watt covers both electrical outlets -- the manual explains that you can use an approved extension cord if you don't want to cover both outlets. Why not have a small cord coming out of the Kill-O-Watt and solve the problem of the plug feeling chintsy and also the problem of covering both electrical outlets?
This is a very useful gadget and well-worth the cost - it can help save you the its costs within a short period of time. Many people don't realize just how much electricity an appliance is costing them and haven't had the need to worry about such things. Hopefully as the need to trim monthly expenses increases, there will be more demand for devices like the Kill-A-Watt and the competition will drive prices for these electricity monitors lower.
The Kill-A-Watt is a straight-forward electricity usage monitor, and it does the job well. . The Kill-A-Watt is a great device for consumers who have more electronics plugged in than they can count on four hands and it's great to have a way to put an end to those "electronic vampires" that keep making an unwelcome appearance on your monthly electric bill.