How It Works:
The Cent-a-Meter includes a sensor, a wireless transmitter and a receiver. The sensor is a clip-on current transformer that samples the electric current on each active phase wire inside your breaker box. These readings are aggregated and relayed by the 433 MHz wireless transmitter to the remote receiver/monitor. The receiver computes the approximate power use, energy cost and greenhouse gas generation and displays the results on the large portable LCD screen. You can input specific country currency and voltage, electricity tariff rate, greenhouse gas conversion factor and peak load alarm value.
How Much Can You Save?
Save up to 20% off your electricity bill! The average household uses about 15,000 kWh per year in electricity. Depending on where you live in the US and Canada, this equates to between $900-$1700/yr. By simply reducing your energy consumption by 15% with the Cent-a-Meter, you will recover the cost of the device in less than 12 months. A recent study based on 500 homes by Hydro One, Ontario’s largest utility, indicated that the presence of real time feedback devices has a measurable and positive impact on energy conservation.
The Cent-a-Meter can be installed by a person with electrical safety training and experience or an electrician in about 10 minutes. Installation is easy. Simply install the batteries (included with your purchase) in the receiver, mount the transmitter to the wall next to your breaker box using the included bracket, and clip the current sensors to the household power lines. Then plug the sensor transmitter cable into the transmitter jack on the transmitter. That's it!
Please note: Cent-a-meter does not track cumulative usage. If you need that feature, please see the TED line of products instead.