Have you ever wondered how much it costs to run your refrigerator? How about your stove or computer system? Just because a product states how much energy it spends on average doesn’t mean it uses that much in off hours or more in peak usage. You can find out how much energy is spent each second with the Watts Up? .Net Appliance Power Analyzer.
The Watts Up? .Net Appliance Power Analyzer is a device that’s plugged into what ever appliance you want and measures a multitude of aspects from that appliance. The state-of-the-art digital microprocessors utilize high-frequency samplings of voltage and current measurements for accuracy. It even measures phase-shifted loads like motors for precise measurements.
The LCD display gives you real time measurements so you can check any appliance rated up to 250 VAC. While it does require separate plugs for your country (extra costs) it does one thing that other monitors don’t. It hooks to your computer via Wi-Fi.
Why is an internet enabled appliance power monitor special? Because you can make adjustments to that appliance from anywhere in the world. The Watts Up? .Net Appliance Power Analyzer can be configured to remotely turn on or off the appliance during its peak usage time or power down at night. That can add up to some serious savings in power and money. While the Watts Up? .Net Appliance Power Analyzer was designed to lower the carbon footprint on energy hogging appliance, it saves a lot of money too. That’s two kinds of green savings.
How it works is by making a graph of your peak times during the day. Then you can program the appliance to turn off when it’s not being used and turn on during peak usage.
Another great benefit is the around the world accessibility. You can manually turn off or on any device hooked up to the Watts Up? .Net Appliance Power Analyzer. This is great for security reasons, rebooting servers or to turn off the stove you thought you left on when you arrived at the airport.
To me the cost is a little to high. At $235 an analyzer, the cost for wiring my appliances was too much. I had to stick to just two. I think the cost of the Watts Up? .Net Appliance Power Analyzer and the savings will catch up in about two to three years for each unit.
In June of 2009, the launch of the United States version of the Watts Up? Pro ES .Net Appliance Power Analyzer will not only cost less but become more powerful with over four times the memory of the previous model. At a cost of about $195, I’m really looking forward to its release and I plan on buying it soon.