Energy Monitors

We compare the best energy monitors

If you are serious about saving energy AND money, then a cheap energy monitor is an excellent investment.

What are energy monitors?

These are small devices that record how much electricity is flowing through your mains cable at any moment, and a monitor to display it to you. You can choose to see your energy consumption in terms of Watts, CO2 emissions, or more interestingly as a cost per hour.

 

The most basic monitors such as the "Plug-In Power and Energy Monitor" just record an individual power socket, but they are definitely the most easy to use. About the same size as a curcuit breaker, you simply plug them into wall sockets and then plug a device into the front of the monitor.

Owl Cm119 Wireless Electricity Monitor

One step up from the Plug-In Power and Energy Monitor, the "OWL wireless electricity monitor" is, as the name suggest a wireless device. The monitor can sit anywhere and record and it will pick up signals sent from a sending device clamped on to the mains cable at the electricity meter. Although good, there are a few problems such as limited 'cost' functionality which doesn't take account of tariffs that change once a certain ammount of electricity is consumed per quarter. However annecdotal evidence is that using an OWL leads to many families cutting their electricity use by at least 25%.

Efergy E2 E 2 USB eLink Energy Monitor Energy Saving Meter Wireless Smart Electricity Eco Friendly

Efergy E2 E 2 USB eLink Energy Monitor Energy Saving Meter Wireless Smart Electricity Eco Friendly is a bit of a mouthful but has really good features and certainly does the job. It provides all sorts of readouts, keeps historical useage records so you can spot and react to trends over time. Best of allm you can also uploaded the data to your PC. There is an Energy saving toolkit included eLINK energy monitoring SOFTWARE and Energy saving guide. At under £50 this is a really good piece of kit that will help you save money and energy.