Question about the Kill a Watt Electricity Usage Monitors.Q: "Electric costs in Florida are to increase up to 30% this next year. What advice do you have about deciding which electrical appliances I should replace with more energy efficient ones? How can I measure current usage without going to a lot of expense?
Answer: I suggest you begin checking power usage on appliances with compressors, i.e. refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioners and dehumidifiers. Most appliances over 8 to 10 years old are energy hogs. I replaced my old manual defrost freezer (circa 1971, much in need of a new gasket) about 10 years ago, I checked the power usage and was horrified: a new unit would pay for itself in less than 2 years just in energy savings!
If you want to check the power usage of a system such as your TV, DVD, speakers, etc, the easiest choice is by using a Kill A Watt Power Strip with Surge Protection
Currently, there are several models of Kill A Watt meters available:
Thanks for your questions. Remember that there are some electric company rebates on Energy Star appliances.