I just bought
these three items on Amazon to check my own energy usage and to also check
project insulation on projects that I am involved with.
The Black &
Decker EM100B Energy Saver Series Power Monitor mounts easily on you power
meter and read the wheel to measure real time kW usage as kW or as $/hr based
on the $/kwh we programed in.
The Black &
Decker TLD100 Energy Series Thermal Leak Detector is a slick version of the
infrared temperature detector with built in logic to change colors when it
sees temperature changes of 1, 5, or 10 F (a 'heat leak'). It is a poor-man's
'Kill-A-Watt' was part of the package and good for helping to decide
when to dump that old inefficient garage refrigerator,
The two from
Black & Decker are so far unique, cost effective, and appear to work
great. I would recommend either one or both to the anyone seriously looking at
reducing energy consumption.
Gary Beck, P.E., SECB, LEED AP
4010 Blue Bonnet Blvd. Ste 114
Houston, Texas 77025
Tel: 713-377-4209 Fax: 832-201-5338
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