Click here to see a video of how the meter is used in a residential application.
Response continues to grow as states and other utilities provide meters to libraries for check out. Libraries see continued interest from patrons since the Watts up? PRO records the data and allows people to store an electronic record of each appliances usage. This allows for easy comparisons from season to season, or when new appliances are purchased. Click here for more information.
Xcel Energy initially piloted the Power Check program in 2009 with the Denver Public Library and the Hennepin County Library in Minnesota, where the program recently received national recognition. Both programs were met with immediate enthusiasm from patrons and the meters continue to be in high demand. Xcel Energy has recently expanded the program to include more than 50 library districts in five states where the company provides residential electric service.
According to Xcel Energy Market Manager Chris Dierker, who coordinates Power Check, the program’s main goals are to help consumers understand more about their own energy use and to help them identify how they can save money and be more efficient with electricity in their homes.
“It doesn’t take significant behavior changes to make a difference in home energy use and costs,” Dierker said. “Some people have reported saving as much as 10 to 20 percent of their electric bill, just from what they learned by using the meters.”
The three national labs, as well as the National Renewable Energy Lab have all chosen Watts up? meters for large scale energy usage studies. This further validates the accuracy, ease-of-use and dependability of our devices. Watts up is pleased to participate in these national studies on electricity consumption.
Through our partner Peak Software, users of the Smart Circuit 20 and .Net Watts up? meters can now access their data via their Google home page. This also allows users to view their electricity consumption on an IPhone. Click here to read more.
Due to the over whelming interest and positive response of the program in Denver and Minneapolis, Xcel Energy has expanded the program to additional states, including North Dakota and Wisconsin. Libraries in these states will soon also have access to free Watts up? meters.
Click here to hear Ryan Warner interview Brad Volin of Watts up? on the program Colorado Matters.
Click here to view Channel 9 News interviewing Mike Maharas, who saved approximately $500 per year using the Watts up? meter.
In partnership with Xcel Energy, the Denver Public Library has added portable Watts Up? meters to our circulating collection. Accurate and easy to use, these meters have helped hundreds of individuals and businesses save energy and make appliance decisions. Each meter comes in its own carrying case with instructions. Watts Up? meters may be reserved for checkout through all Denver Public Library locations. Click here to see the website
Vernier announces integration with the EED's line of electricity meters. Watts Up Pro is a device that measures real-time electricity usage and cost. It is auto-ID and connects to a USB port on your computer or LabQuest. Logger Pro 3.8 or LabQuest App 1.3 and newer are required.
When connected, Watts Up Pro can be used at the same time as a LabPro®, LabQuest®, or Go! Link™ to collect data about electricity use at the same time as data from other sensors, for example temperature or light sensors. Watts Up Pro can also be used without a computer by connecting to the USB port of a LabQuest.
GoGreen Electric, a provider of Energy Audits, Retrofits, as well as solar design and installation, became an installer of the Smart Circuit 20 line of controllers. Company owner Mike Maharas says "the Watts up? line of meters along with the Smart Circuit 20 are a fantastic way to get real data on current demand". Armed with actual data, opportunities for energy savings become apparent and obvious. I use these meters not only on actual job sites, but also in my own home!
PEAK Software partners with Electronic Educational Devices (EED) to bring Control4 integration to their Watts up? .Net meters and Smart Circuit 20 controllers. This allows the installed base and new users of Control4 systems to incorporate data from Smart Circuit 20 controllers, and turn loads on and off from their existing Control4 interface. Peak Software also offers a 3rd party website for collecting data from Smart Circuit controllers, and combining the data from other 3 phase meters for a total facility wide look at energy consumption.
Electronic Educational Devices, Inc today announced a new product line of electricity controllers for commercial and residential applications. Called Smart Circuits, these controllers automatically lower electric bills based on lower peak charges by load shedding, lower charges by load shifting to off peak rate periods, and lowering overall charges by reducing consumption during high rate periods.
There has been a lot of media hype about the Smart Grid, but so far it is just Grid-Lock between the utilities and Washington DC! Finally, there is a sophisticated scalable yet affordable energy management system for residential and commercial applications. Our controllers provide a payback within 2 years typically, and that is without a subsidy or government rebate. Save money on your electric bill, reduce your carbon footprint, reduce your electricity consumption, and do it TODAY! Smart Circuits do NOT require any integration with a utility or other devices.
Unique in the industry, Smart Circuits are combination devices - meaning they are meters and switches. Smart Circuits save money by switching loads on and off intelligently based on real time data. Smart Circuits are for permanent, hard-wired applications for 100v -250v, 20 amp, 50/60 Hz circuits. Think 'circuit breakers', but without the safety aspect. Smart Circuits are ideal for lighting circuits, outlet circuits with lots of vampire or leaker loads, large hard-wired appliances such as electric hot water heaters, washer/dryers, HVAC systems, pumps, blowers, and refrigerator/freezers.
Watt meters can be helpful in measuring the energy used in standby mode by "phantom electronics"—TV sets, cable boxes, cell-phone chargers, and the like. To assess total phantom energy use, leave those appliances in standby mode, plug them all into one power strip, then plug the strip into a watt meter and the watt meter into a wall outlet.
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California's new Energy Standards are just around the corner. They take effect August 1, 2009. Since 2005, the Energy Standards have required Duct Sealing and Testing when doing a changeout of an HVAC system. The new Standards require (in some climate zones):
• Duct Sealing and Testing
• Refrigerant Charge Measurement
• Air Flow Measurement
• Fan Watt Draw
Study uses Watts Up? meter to determine fan watt draw.
People have always wondered if they should turn their computers off or leave them on, when not in use. PC World has always said to shut down the computer because Windows can build up problems if it runs constantly. The test center at PC World is going to perform a series of tests using the Watts Up Pro meter for several months to see which desktops, laptops, high-definition televisions, printers, hard-drives, and graphic cards have the best overall rating on power consumption. The meter will measure the wattage that the device draws when it is working, when it is idle, when it is asleep, and when the device is turned off.
Click here to see lots of videos created by actual customers using our meters in real-world applications. Here is one that specifically shows the new .Net model (click here) The meter is used in a wireless application.
Full Article: Here's another weapon in the fight against high electricity bills, a power meter called Watts Up? that asks a question but knows the answer to what's abusing power around the house. You know the major offenders -- the refrigerator, the electric clothes dryer and, in the summer, the dehumidifier -- but we're taking on "recreational" electricity here. It's the hi-def televisions, DVD players, audio-video receivers and iPod speaker docks. Watts Up?, from Electronic Educational Devices of Aurora, Colo., comes in four versions: a basic $96 model to the $236 Watts Up?.net, which transfers data over the Internet. The entry-level Watts Up? I tried works much like another power meter I tested about eight months ago, the $20 Kill A Watt. Plug in the meter to a wall outlet, then plug your HDTV or iPod dock into the meter's outlet. Though both produce similar results, the Watts Up? is better on several counts. Where the Kill A Watt requires the user to do some math to figure out the monthly electricity costs of your equipment, for instance, the Watts Up? does the computation. All you do is supply the cost per kilowatt hour -- how the electric company measures power -- from your latest electric bill. So I knew immediately that if I left my monster 60-inch plasma on the entire month, it would consume 337 kilowatt hours and, at 18 cents each, cost $60.60. It also told me that during a single viewing session, the television consumed anywhere from 425 to 633 watts. (That's a gruesome watts count, equal to about two refrigerators.) This plasma might look great, but it'll never get Energy Star approval. A Toshiba HD-A30 HD DVD player, however, earned its Energy Star rating by consuming only 0.7 watts in standby. Compare that to the 5 watts sucked up in standby by the Oppo DV-981HD DVD player. But in full operation, the Oppo (12 watts) would actually cost less per month than the Toshiba (17.75 watts). With that information, I would turn off the Oppo completely (no standby) after each use but leave the Toshiba in standby mode. The Watts Up? also measures cumulative cost -- how much you've spent on power since you first started testing the HDTV or DVD player -- and can detect when your equipment has exceeded a designated power threshold. If you suspected a refrigerator was using too much electricity, the Watts Up? could tell you how often it uses more than, say, 100 watts. Excessive power consumption could mean a bad motor or low freon. Plasma vs. LCD: Where did it go wrong for plasma? Everyone wants an LCD set now. Not me. In the 42- to 50-inch category, plasma still has the better hi-def picture.
LCD beat plasma to 1080p and convinced consumers that the higher resolution is automatically better. Under 42 inches, LCD is the way to go. In a bright room, LCD is the way to go. But a plasma's picture, with deeper blacks, better depth perception and wider viewing angle, remains the best.
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Unique to our guide for 2007 was the addition of many green, forward thinking products. These products help you reduce energy consumption and make you more aware of just how much power your electronics are using. This concept isn‚Äôt anything new, but what is new is the availability and price. Starting at just under $100, the first item on our list helps you do just that. The WattsUp Meter‚Ñ¢ from WattsUpMeters.com, is among the easiest to use and most functional power meters. The WattsUp Meter‚Ñ¢ pays itself off quickly and turns your home into green paradise.
The top Denver metro daily paper highlights Watts up? in the "That's COOL" listing on page 2 of the Business section.
One of the more feature rich “Plug Load” meters, the Watts Up Pro is hailed as their best selling model according to manufacturer Electronic Educational Devices who is based in Denver Colorado. These units have been in the marketplace since 1992 and have undergone many improvements over the years. What makes the Watts Up PRO so unique is the data logging feature that can be downloaded to a computer via the usb or serial cable and their custom software.
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See how Watts up? helps identiify leaker loads. This video clip is from an episode of "Ask This Old House," which aired in November 2007.
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Online article Most major appliances (such as refrigerators and dishwashers) that are more than 15 years old are major energy wasters - and likely worth ditching in favor of this year's models. No need to guess, though. See for yourself with a gizmo called Watts up? ($100 for the standard model). Just plug any of your existing appliances into the thing, and it will calculate the machine's annual electrical consumption. Compare that number with electrical usage ratings on new products at energystar.gov and you'll know precisely whether upgrading is worth the money.
Full article. The Electric Power Research Institute, or EPRI, studies how consumers and businesses use power and develops ways to save it. On Wednesday, more than 40 power company executives from across the country gathered to talk about one of the latest products called "Watts up?." The device allows you to plug in practically anything to measure how many watts the item uses. Video
Extensive online article says: "Well constructed, easy to read display, does what it says in the box. Software API available so you could write your own software".
Watts up? utilized to collect data on comparing LCD flat panel displays.
Article about using the Watts up? to identfy phantom loads and standby losses
Online product mention of new USB version
Online review of power consumption of 3 different gaming consoles:
Madison Gas & Electric supplies Watts up? meters to area libraries for check out. Full article.
Watts up? is used to compare consumption between plasma and LCD flat panel televisions.
Rated 4.5 stars out of 5, Wired's Gadget Lab gives Watts up? the highest rating of 4 meters that were reviewed, earning it the SPLURGE award!
Unit provides cost-effective test for load profiles during product design
"We like the Watts up? PRO. The meter and software are easy to use. It measures all electrical characteristics of an appliance needed for a common load analysis. The graphs are easily configurable. The Payback Calculator is a useful tool for anyone wanting to see the economic payback of upgrading to energy efficient appliances."
"Homeowners who want to track the energy consumed by their appliances and electronic devices can turn to a new generation of compact digital power meters. The results may be surprising.....Our software will show their usage and let them graph it out with a Payback Calculator to show long term savings."
"We hooked up the PRO version to a power outlet in our Lab to monitor the voltage swings in our commercial building and were surprised by the power sags we saw in just an hour. Expect to see many Lab antics using the Watts up? PRO."
Voted TOP 50 Product of the Year ".....This is a really handy instrument to have around the house. ...We found our Watts up? very easy to use, as easy as plugging the unit into a wall outlet, and plugging a light or appliance into it...save you money..."
"If you're worried about increasing power bills, you might want to hook up your PC to a watt meter from eed...lets you monitor the power use and cost of devices in real time. Our bare bones HP Pavilion consumed roughly 82 watts... that translates to about $87 a year, if left on 24/7. With the screen saver it ate up 120 watts!
"which of your appliances is the biggest energy hog? This monitor gives you the final answer, with both wattage used and the cost of energy consumed"
"One way to find out how much energy your old appliance eats up is to measure it with a wattage meter, such as Watts up?"
"...Watts up? showed me the cost. It prompted me to add a motor controller that reduced my fridge‚Äö?†??‚Äö?¢‚Ä†s electrical use by 12 percent.....Watts up? is fun to use, simple to program and is helping me make some decisions about using lighting, my TV and even my table saw."