December 31, 2009 by Stephen Hopkins
Ready for 2010? Have those New Year’s resolutions all lined up?
Planning on losing 10 pounds by March? Put down that donut and pick up a carrot stick. Planning on getting to work on time? Roll back that alarm clock 10 minutes and disable the snooze. Want to up your green index and lower your carbon footprint? Grab a Kill A Watt.
The P3 Kill A Watt is a small and inexpensive electricity load meter and monitor. It lets you know exactly how much juice your CE devices, appliances, toys, or anything else with an AC plug is drawing ... both in active (powered on and operating) or dormant (powered off or in “standby”) modes. For just $19.99 with free shipping (after coupon code EMCMNPM27), you can bring home knowledge of just how much coal, uranium, wind, or hydro-electricity your Hello Kitty netbook or 1000w amplifier is chewing through. Once you know how you use electricity, then you can change how you use it ... and knowing is half the battle.
DIY BONUS: Need to know how much juice (not the orange kind) your blender is consuming, but can’t bother yourself with walking down to the kitchen? Turn your Kill A Watt into a Tweet A Watt and receive automated Twitter updates about your electricity usage. I’d rate this project at medium difficulty, mainly depending on how comfortable you are with a soldering iron.
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Stephen Hopkins is chief technology editor for EH Publishing. He writes product reviews, features, and focuses heavily on 3D TV, iPhone and iPad apps, and digital content.
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