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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-15-2017, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Question Energy monitors

Does anyone have any experience of using energy monitor? I'm keen to keep an eye on consumption of my LEDs, along with my other household appliances. I've been looking at commercial solutions, especially the Smappee energy monitor and plugs, but it's all pretty expensive and my instinct is that I could do something similar with some Raspberry Pis/Arduinos/relays (maybe something like this?).

I'm struggling to find much on the subject though, so any thoughts are most welcome
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 04:11 PM
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Kill-A-Watt meters are pretty cheap. They don't offer anything fancy like interfacing with a networked device to log information, but they do allow you to look at power consumed, current, phase shift, power factor, voltage, current, and elapsed time. Basically just bulk metering and instantanious readout, but they are inexpensive and let you know how much you are spending on your tank for electricity (minus what is spent for water changes).

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