The Energy Detective (or TED) is a device that monitors your home energy use in real-time and reports it on an electronic display so that your can see how much energy you’re actually using. Yes, you could go and take a look at how fast your electricity meter is spinning, but that’s not practical, or any fun!
The device can tell you when electronics in their home are actually costing you money and so you can conserve energy much more efficiently. It’s really a great way to promote energy conservation, and it can apparently save its users between 10 and 20 percent on their energy bills.
With TED, you can find out just how much energy your computer, dishwasher or air conditioner is using and conserve accordingly. There is also no need to worry about how much the next power bill will be, because you can display usage in $ and cents as well as kilowatts so will know what your bill should be in advance.
Would you find a system like this useful? Saving money and saving energy is a goal many of us have and I wonder whether this device would provide an easier way of measuring and conserving energy use, and reducing the size of your bills. It also has computer software that syncs with your PC for a more detailed look, but that might be overkill. Take a look at the top 10 reasons to use The Energy Detective.