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Electricity Meters a Bright Idea for the Energy and Budget Conscious

Want to save someone -- or yourself -- some real money amid rising energy costs? "Think meters," says Paul Holstein, co-founder and COO of -- a leading purveyor of cable, wire and equipment management-related products. "Such 'green gadgets' are a user friendly and convenient way to monitor, project and control energy and related costs."

Handy devices such as the Watts Up?(TM) electricity meter determine what any standard 120 volt AC electric device will cost to operate. ($72.95 to $195.95 from

Eliminating the guesswork about how much it'll cost to power something over a short or long span of time, the Watts Up? electricity meter quickly displays the wattage and the energy usage cost of any given appliance. This user friendly energy meter is also capable of displaying 16 electrical measurements and values. The higher end Watts Up Pro and Pro ES models enable users to upload the data to a computer for further analysis.

The Kill A Watt(TM) electricity power monitor ($29.95 from is another economical and simple tool to assess the efficiency of electric appliances.

Just plug any 115 Volt AC electric appliance up to 15 Amps into the Kill A Watt meter and the large LCD screen will display the power consumption of the appliance by killowatt-hours. This information allows users to calculate the electricity cost of the appliance, by the day, week, month or year based on local power company rates.

If your electric bills are high, the Kill A Watt power meter will help users discover which electric appliances are consuming too much power. The Kill A Watt electricity meter can also check the quality of electric power by monitoring voltage, line frequency, and power factor.

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