As our electricity suppliers move to time of use billing, it’s in the best interest of the consumer to keep a close tab on energy consumption. While looking at your past month’s bill is somewhat educational, what is really needed is live on demand use and cost information. Enter the Blueline Power Cost Monitor BLI-28000. This little gem provides a little sensor that attaches to your hydro meter and sends a wireless signal to an indoor display unit.
The sensor works with the majority of meters and doesn’t interfere with the normal function of the meter so the hydro utilities won’t cause a fuss. In addition to reading the energy consumption, the sensor also reads the current outdoor temperature and transmits it to the display unit inside. Installation can be completed in less than 30 minutes and once you take some time to teach the Power Cost Monitor about how you are billed for electricity it will start tracking both use and cost so everyone can see EXACTLY how much energy is being used at any given time. In addition, the unit has the ability to track the amount of energy used by a specific appliance by checking the difference in demand between having the appliance turned on or off.
With the whole family keeping an eye on energy consumption, savings of 6-18% are possible if not common. Combine that with smart practices including turning on heavy appliances like dish washers and dryers only during off-peak times and you’ll be well on your way to saving money and helping the environment by curbing energy consumption, all at the same time.