This Small Plug And Your Smartphone Could Save You Electricity

smart-plugI’m always interested in a simplistic not too hard way to reduce my electricity usage and what I have found is that if the product automates the process of saving electricity I usually end up saving money in the long run.

Instead of having to learn a new complicated device each time you try to find a way to save electricity it’s nice to have something like this MeterPlug device. This device measures your usage and automatically turns off the device that is plugged into it when the device is not in use.

In real-time this wireless blue-tooth device measures the electricity consumption of the device plugged into it and sends this data through bluetooth to your iPhone or Android smart phone. Now keep in mind you don’t have to do anything or even bother making a critical decision in regards to the data you see as the device will automatically turn off appliances not being used.

This small all in one plug can make phantom loads sending wasted electricity down the garbage basket a thing of the past.

The MeterPlug is about educating you about how much your appliances use in electricity but also it takes a practical step in automating the task of unplugging your unused appliance even while it remains plugged in. The reality is people with programmable thermostats never program them, and the same goes for those with electric usage monitoring devices, they never take the practical step to unplug or turn off devices not being used.

You can pair your MeterPlug to your smart phone app and receive alerts and control over all your appliances using this little amazing invention.

smartphoneappThe use is almost what you would expect it to be. You plug the outlet looking plug into your existing outlet and then plug your appliance into it that you want to track electricity usage. The next step is the cool part as actual electric usage for that appliance appears on your iPhone or Android showing you how much your hair dryer, blender, and refrigerator are using in electricity when on and off.

The “vampire” drain concept is when you have an appliance that remains plugged in for months or maybe years but rarely gets turned on. The MeterPlug looks for these appliances that are draining electricity while yet never turned on and simply shuts that drain off completely. Why waste electricity on an appliance you never even use anyway?

Via your iPhone or Android device you can turn appliances on and off at will but overall your benefit with this device is in the automation in monitoring your energy and saving you money that goes right to the bottom line budget by turning off phantom loads wherever they may be hiding.

There are companion apps that go along with this device that will show you electricity consumption usage history over several months time period as well as current usage and the cost based on your actual contracted per kilowatt hour electric rate.

You may discover that your old refrigerator consumes have the electricity you see that your being charged for on your electric bill. Based on this consumption data you may see that buying a new refrigerator would actually pay for itself in energy costs in less than a year. I have heard of some peoples malfunctioning old refrigerators using more than half of their total electric usage. This device could catch this problem quite easily.

meterplug2The main issue with this product as that one of these little babies will cost you $45. That ain’t cheap especially if you were considering plugging them up all over your house. Even still I would buy at least a couple of these guys and give them a try just for the nifty iPhone app where I can monitor a couple devices and see what’s using up all my energy each month. Learn more by visiting Meter Plug

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