Do you wonder how much energy your computer uses? Your charging station or media center? If you have no clue, you aren’t alone. This article will highlight how you can measure your electrical use with a power meter.
There are so many reasons to know how much energy all your gizmos, gadgets, and appliances are draining, ranging from shock, environmental concerns to a high electric bill.
When taking a wild guess off the label becomes wildly inaccurate, what you need is a cheap and simple way to measure your electrical consumption between the outlet and the device. Meet the plug-in watt-hour power meter!
How To Measure Electrical Use With A Power Meter.
A watt-hour power meter is a device that can be plugged in between the wall and the appliance that measures energy consumption on the go. Even better, it’ll make all the calculations on your behalf. There are multiple versions of this device.
Using this device is simple. Just plug it into an outlet, one you usually use for the device. When the device and the P3 are plugged in, hold the RESET key on the device until the display flashes. Next, hold the SET key down until the kWh rate shows up and begins to flash. Use the device up/down keys to change the amount stated in the rate box. Continue until it matches the current utility rate Press the SET key once more to save your rate.
From there, press the MENU button on the device to toggle through the different displays (like the current, watts, line voltage, line frequency, as well as cost). When you go through the cost menu, use Up/Down arrows to shuffle between day, hour, month, week, and yearly cost. The longer the device is plugged in, the more accurate reading you will get (even though after some days of constant use, there’s surely a diminishing return on accuracy).
For instance, when the device was plugged in at first during testing, the server the readings indicated that the cost to run it for 24/7 was roughly $20 per month. The first startup of the device sucked down a more than usual amount of electrical power. But after the testers left the device for some hours, it went down to about $17, and after one full day, it dropped to approximately $15 a month, showing better averages on each hour’s cost.
The averaging as well as auto-calculation is renowned as the best feature of this power meter. Curious about how much energy your espresso machine costs you per month? Go ahead, measure it for one week. The power meter will also track the issues and provide you with the average energy use of everything from one hour to a whole year. When you are happy with your measurement, simply unplug the device, place it near the appliance you intend to measure and press the RESET button. Start measuring your power consumption of this new appliance. It is that easy.