7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Watch and see the cost,
This review is from: Owl Cm119 Wireless Electricity Monitor (Accessory)
Have had this gizmo for about a month now and am still fascinated by it. It was comparatively easy to fit - we had to fit it in the 'cupboard' outside the house but it was straightforward. We didn't have any problems with battery fitting but we've got enough tools to start an ironmongers. You just need a small screwdriver - probably available in the pound shop if you haven't got one so won't break the bank. The display is clear though the decimal point isn't always obvious from across the room so don't get misled from a distance! Setting it up takes a little while and there are options for tariffs that don't necessarily apply to your case. We just keep the display on 'cost per hour' and watch as it jumps from less than 2p to over 20p as we switch some greedy appliance on. Nice to see how little all our energy-saving lighting costs though.
So far, we haven't been shocked by the cost of different appliances - we knew the oven, the washing maching, the kettle, the dishwasher, the iron, etc., used electricity like Niagara uses water BUT we didn't SEE it as it happened. It makes a difference when the money vanishes before your eyes. This hasn't made us give up washing, cooking, making tea, etc., but it has made us think carefully about making the most of everything. It's too early to tell if our electricity usage will fall noticably in the next year - there are other variables like visitors, friends for meals, etc., but it has certainly helped us to concentrate on what we do rather than once a quarter when the electric bill comes in.
Well worth having if you want to know what's going on. Just don't buy one if you'd rather stay in the dark. Or stay in the dark all the time and save even more money....