My blog on reducing electric use was a top seller. I am wildly confident this updated epistle will be too. My readership in Romania has never been higher. I’m shooting for six views here folks.
Buying the efergy elink2 was an excellent move. It is an easy install monitor that sits on your end table or pins to your wall and tells you your daily average of electric use or use RIGHT NOW and more in kWh or dollars.
Downloading the information to your computer via USB cable gives you even more ways to slice and dice information. You get bar charts and graphs and know exactly how much juice your house ate at three AM when “NOTHING WAS ON”. Prepare to be shocked.
It can be a dangerous device because you are suddenly aware of the light left on or what your laptop costs a day to charge. Try not to nag your housemates.
My first blog informed of an issue with Mac friendliness. I got a response from the President of efergy America and their software is downloadable now in a Mac friendly way from their web site and how responsive is that? We have all heard “it will pay for itself the first year”. In this case that would be true.
The first month I watched. I thought at 75¢ a day I was the poster child for low American electric use. The monitor has allowed me to cut that by 20%. The first month I did even better but convenience has value too.
SOME AMATEUR DETECTIVE WORK WILL BE REQUIRED. You will need to isolate things to get a handle on usage. It was costing 7¢ a day to keep the TV plugged in WHEN IT WAS OFF. Was it worth 25.55 a year to not watch TV? Its on a power strip now. About ⅓ of my usage is the refrigerator. Considering ice cream in the desert is impossible without one, I can live with .21¢ a day.
If you think a penny a day is insignificant or 5¢ or a dime doesn’t matter and you are looking for that one thing to unplug that will cut your bill in half… pay the damn bill and shut up.
If you have the patience to shave pennies here and there and understand they add up… If I can save 20% on my electric you could AT LEAST match that.
Paying too much for a gallon of gas? Cut your electric use by 40%.