Monitoring Electricity Usage With the P4400 Kill a Watt Monitor |

By Monitoring Electricity Usage within the home, residential electricity users can identify where and how their valuable electricity supplies are being used.The P3 International P4400 Kill A Watt Monitor measures how much electricity a piece of equipment uses.Simply plug in the Kill A Watt Monitor to the wall and plug the device into the Monitor. At the end of the recording period the monitor displays total KWH (Kilowatt hours) used by the device.With this information a consumer is empowered with the following:Identification of which electric powered devices should be unplugged.Unplugging Of Electric Powered Devices:So how does the Kill A Watt Monitor identify to the consumer when a device needs unplugging?Electric powered devices can draw electricity from the mains outlet wall plug, even when they are turned off or in standby. Examples of these devices are as follows:Anything with an LED display or stand by light
DVD players
Fax MachinesTo see if electricity is being drawn carry out the following:Plug in the Monitor to the wall and plug the device into the Monitor.
Now turn off the electrical device you are measuring
Press the Watt button on the Kill A Watt Monitor
Wait for at least 10 seconds to allow for any delayed current draw from the device
Finally take the reading from the Kill A Watt Monitor display.Results and Findings:If the reading at the Kill A Watt Monitor display is 0 then no electricity is being used.
If any other number is displayed at the Kill A Watt Monitor then the device is using electricity in its standby or off state.
Monitor over longer periods to gain more accuracyConclusion:This drawing of electricity when a device is turned off is known as a “Phantom Load”. It is estimated that over 5% of electricity household is attributable to Phantom Loads.Solution to Phantom Loads:You can eliminate this cost by unplugging those devices that are producing Phantom Loads.
To aid in saving electricity these devices can be plugged into a power strip which can then be unplugged / switched off.
Ensure the power strip used does not draw Phantom Load. Use the above method to detect current leakage of the power strip.
The Kill A Watt Monitor product line includes a power strip which acts as a smart surge protector and electricity monitor, allowing you to identify what electricity is being used while at the same time protecting your valuable electric systems and devices such as a home theater system or computer electronic groups / network systems. Know as the PS-4320 Kill A Watt monitor Power Strip