Measure Your Power Consumption

How do you measure your power consumption? I remember when my son was in high school and he participated in a power test in science class. They measured the time it took for each of the students to run up a flight of stairs, measured their mass and calculated the power required. I also remember that my son, though he was not considered the strongest was measured as the most powerful in the class. So, looks were deceiving everyone. They thought that this one, or that one would be measured as the most powerful, but they were all wrong.

So, how much power do you use?
Are you wasting electricity?
You will never know until you measure it.

That is the push behind your Utility Company efforts to control your air conditioning. They are measuring the supply of electricity to your area and finding that the use is hard to control. They have trouble keeping up with the changing demands. So, they have started by asking you to allow them to control your air conditioner in order to level the electric load.

It is a great idea, but let me manage my own power use, Mr. Electric Company. I can do that if I measure.

So, I bought The Energy Detective and have already started to save $18 per month by removing an old freezer that would never shut off. I replaced it with a new one that costs $3 per month. Sure, I had to buy a new appliance, but in the long run I will come out ahead.

So, measure measure measure and save save save.

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