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Works as advertised
on June 23, 2011
I was suspicious as this unit cost 1/3 of some of the wireless ones with the same feature sets. The electric company wouldn't give me the wireless key required by many, so I decided to try this little unit out.
If your breaker panel is jammed full it may be hard to fit in the clamps and wireless sending unit. In fact, mine had a horizontal bar for the main feed so I couldn't put it inside the panel, but clamped them right on the two mains coming from the street. I've ran and tested it for two months now, and am incredibly happy with the results so far. Each month it has been within 1% of what the electric company reported. Monitoring it has allowed me to find items that were plugged in but not being used (IE computer scanner, amp), that were still pulling 75-80 watts just by being plugged in. It also helped me identify that the hvac people mis-wired my AC system by watching the wattage pulls- my heat strips weren't working when they were supposed to, and my 1st & 2nd cooling stages were reversed.
It's easy to install/configure, only took me about 5 minutes to do it, and so far I've been able to drop my electric bill by 60% since I've been using it.... for the price you just can't beat it. Note that I have this setup to monitor the whole house, I didn't need to put it on any specific device as you can view each devices wattage pull by default when it's powered on. If you want to monitor individual devices you can, but you have to buy more sending units and I had no reason to justify the extra cost.