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TED The Energy Detective Electricity Monitor TED1001

by TED
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  • Save money and help the environment by using less energy.
  • Simple setup and easy to use.
  • Accurately display instantaneous, month-to-date and projected energy use in kWh and Dollars and Cents.
  • Monitor electricity use in your entire home.
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number TED1001
Item Weight2 pounds
Product Dimensions8.8 x 4.4 x 4.4 inches
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB000Y3JRY8
Best Sellers Rank #184,158 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 pounds
Date First AvailableOctober 31, 2007
  
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Product Description

TED ,The Energy Detective, lets you know immediately how much electricity your home is consuming, how much money you spend on electricity each day, how much you have spent on electricity so far during the billing cycle, and much more. TED continuously monitors electricity consumption for the entire home, not just one appliance or circuit. With TED you will help conserve energy and save money. TED comes in three pieces: an attractive receiving display unit that plugs into any household outlet, a transmitting unit that is located inside the household circuit box, and two current transformers that clamp around incoming power lines. Installation should only be performed by a professional electrician or someone who is knowledgeable of household wiring.

Customer Reviews

Product did not come with software advertised and product has a software lock that manufacturer will not support.
don grayson
I know every day how much energy the house has used for the day, month to date, and what my projected power bill is going to be.
David W. Bolt
Altogether, it is easy to install, the display is easy to read and understand, and it does what it says it does quite well.
M. Hyman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Tech Alex on October 28, 2008
TED is the ultimate toy to keep track of your electrical bill. I also have the Kill-a-Watt, and compare both with a 100 watts bulb and nothing else connected to the house, both display 100 watts. I was impressed! I had a little trouble installing TED not because the installation is difficult but because one of the cable(phase A) did not have enough room to clamp the CT. Other than, it was fun installing it.

Most pictures you see on the Internet, look like TED has an illuminated display, but it has not. So keep this in mind. I wish TED had an illuminated display. I will try to hack TED on this.

I love the MATRIX display type. With this kind of display you will have less restriction of what you can read. Basically, you can display or read any characters, increase the fonts, etc. So far, TED is doing what was designed for, letting me know how much power and how much money I am using EVERY hour, and much more information.
The software is not that great. This is an Adobe Flash Player based graphic display. So forget it about dragging and resizing the graphic. The settings are not that flexible. The chart displays only two values: voltage and Kilo-watts-hour. I have not been able to use the data export, I contacted the manufacturer, but like most devices, who designed it is not the one providing the support.

UPDATE:

I have to admit that I rush writing my review about TED. This is why you should not buy TED yet unless they fixed some really bad issues. First of all, the remote unit installed in the breaker panel behaves very erratically, what I mean is that it transmits very intermittent. Some times for minutes it will not transmit any data at all! Wow! So during that time you don't have any data of the the power used in the house.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Brian on March 14, 2009
The product worked very well except for the fact that the remote communicates with the base unit by sending power line carrier communications over the powerline itself. This will play havoc with your X10 / Leviton DHC-PLC type switches and receivers. There are ways to isolate this problem with filters but its a pain... wait for the RF based Mesh unit they are supposed to come out with...
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. Hyman VINE VOICE on April 26, 2009
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After reading some of the other reviews, i was concerned that I might run into some issues. In fact, it took no time to have the unit up and running. The only complaints I have about the unit are software related.

Hardware:

I've done a variety of electrical wiring before, so panels don't scare me. Basically, installation involves taking the cover off of your electrical panel, hooking a wire to a free circuit breaker (or a used one if none are free), and a wire to the neutral bar. My neutral bar was quite full, so there was a little bit of manipulation to get the wires in, but nothing too problematic. Once that is done, you snap in the inductance coils, put them over the main lines coming in to the panel, and put the cover back on. That was actually the most time consuming part for me, because the inductance coils were interfering with the recess in the panel so i had to manipulate for a bit to get everything closed. But that hardly seems like a technical challenge.

After that, I just plugged in the Ted unit, making sure it was on a non-surge protected line (which may or may not be required, but usually it isn't good to plug in line communication based devices on to cleaned power lines).

Next, software setup. This was the less fun part. The package has instructions for a site to go to if you are a vista 64 user. the page it takes you to doesn't exist, and after an email to TED, they said ignore that and use the software as is, but there are a variety of changes to make to run in admin mode and to shut off some user protection settings.

That was the worst part of the whole experience, so I'm dinging them 1 star for having the software be a pain on vista.

Entering in the price charts for the power usage wasn't bad.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Richard Fox on May 18, 2009
I purchased and installed my TED about 4 months ago. We're not currently using the packaged software. Overall, we're very happy with this device because it gives a unique, literally valuable window into your home's energy usage. I'll focus my observations on points I haven't seen in previous reviews.

Location: We've placed the display unit next to the kitchen sink, where we find ourselves spending a lot of time over the course of the day. Additionally, since we tend to be on our feet already while standing at the sink, we're more likely to recognize an unusual draw and go find the culprit.

Teaching the Kids: We have two boys, aged 4 and 7. Once I explained what the device was, they were immediately fascinated and frequently run around the house, turning things off, and seeing how low they could get the overall draw. To really motivate them, I've tied their allowances to our energy usage.

Energy Savings: It's a cliche', but knowledge is power. I never knew that drying a load of clothes with my electric dryer costs about 50 cents, or that the blower on my gas furnace operates at about 1 kwh (which means about 10 cents an hour in many markets). Just that second point makes you realize why it's important to keep the filter clean on your furnace. I've consistently reduced my monthly electrical bills using TED.

Device Aesthetics: Well, it's not a pretty thing. As someone who's worked in product design and development for over 15 years, I believe I can safely say that the device was designed by a very well-intentioned engineer. The user interface is very simple and clear, the functionality is excellent, but it looks like lab-ware. Not house-ware. I'd like to see a makeover for the next generation.
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