KILL A WATT P KILL A WATT P3 - Southeast Colorado Power

KILL A WATT P KILL A WATT P3 - Southeast Colorado Power
KILL A WATT P3
USER MANUAL
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Southeast Colorado Power Association likes having well informed
Members, so we have created this easy-to-use manual to help you better
understand energy consumption in your household. You will learn how to
identify appliances that are "Power Hogs" and what might be a "Vampire",
slowly using energy when not in use. We hope this will help you decide
what appliances need to be replaced and what might need to be
unplugged as it sits idle. This in turn, should cut down on your power bill.
KILL A WATT
KWH “Money Button” –
Press this button once to
see electricity used since
monitoring started. Push
button again to view time
elapsed
VoltsThis should read
something close to
120.0, the standard
voltage in US electrical
outlets.
Hz/PF60 hertz (cycles per
second) alternating
current in US electrical
outlets (PF stands for
Power Factor). The Volt,
Amp, and Hz buttons are
of lesser relevance to
testing appliances for
electrical efficiency.
AmpsPress this button to
measure the flow rate
of electric current.
AC Power
WattPress this button to
see how many watts
the appliance is
drawing at the
moment.
Using the KILL A WATT P3
Plug the Kill A Watt into the wall, then plug the appliance into the socket on the front of the Kill A
Watt. Next turn on the appliance or equipment.
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Suggestion: When monitoring a refrigerator or freezer, use an extension cord to position
the “Kill A Watt” in a location convenient for reading.
Before testing the appliance find the “name plate” that tells you how many volts, watts, etc.
the appliance should pull when in use.
For example if a toaster’s “name plate” says it should be pulling 1800 watts, when its
plugged in press the watt button on the “Kill A Watt”, it should read 1800 watts or less.
Another example: If your coffee maker is pulling 7.4 amps and the rating on the name plate
was 7.5, this is good because it is reading correctly.
When you first use the “Kill A Watt” the time is displayed in minutes and hours (00:00), but
after 99 hours have gone by, the display will switch to show only hours (up to 9999). Once
the time limit is reached, it will start over again at zero.
Press the “Watt” button to read the power usage in watts.
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For some appliances the reading may vary depending on what the appliance is doing. For
example, a printer will use more power when printing than when idle.
Try turning the appliance off, and see if the power usage goes to zero. Many appliances
continue to use power even when turned “off” – this is referred to as a power hog, vampire
or phantom, and it can add up over time since the power is being used 24/7. Appliances
that use power when turned off can be unplugged or plugged into a power strip and the
user can turn the power strip to “off”.
An appliance that uses 20 watts even when turned off will use 176 kilowatt-hours of energy
in a year – costing you about $18 annually.
Press the purple KWH/Hour “MONEY BUTTON” once for KWH usage and twice for time elapsed.
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The final button is the “MONEY BUTTON”. Use this button to toggle back and forth
between the number of hours over which the equipment was monitored, and the kilowatt
hours of electricity used over that period. Record the numbers for both hours and kwh on
the worksheet provided before disconnecting the Kill A Watt monitor from the wall.
The accumulated kwh data will be “lost” when the meter is disconnected because this is
how the Kill A Watt resets itself.
Determining the cost of running appliances or equipment.
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SECPA recommends that you keep your appliance or equipment plugged in for at least 12
hours to gather and record sufficient data.
Now take the kwh use and the amount of hours recorded, and plug that data into the
attached worksheet’s formula columns.
The more items you test, the more you will see where you can save on your electric bill.
KILL A WATT WORKSHEET
Appliance/Equipment
(A)
Kilowatt-hours
(KWH)
of Electricity per
Hour
(B)
Average
number
of Hours
on each day
Cost per Day @
$0.12 per KWH
Number
of Units
in
House
Total KWH
Consumed
per Year
Total Cost
per Year
(C)
(D)
(E)
(F)
(G)
BxCxEx
365
F x $0.12
B x C x $0.12
(from Kill A Watt)
example:
Older computer w/ CRT
monitor
ENERGY STAR computer
w/ LCD monitor
0.30
24
$0.87
1
2628
$315.36
0.10
24
$0.29
1
876
$105.12
Appliance Operating Cost Estimator
SECPA Cost per KWH 0.1232
Appliance
Aquarium (Small)
Audio Entertainment System
Blender
Clock
Clothes Dryer
Coffee Maker
Compactor
Computer, monitor, printer
Convection Oven
Curling Iron
Dehumidifier (20 Pints, Summer)
Dishwasher - Drying
Dishwasher - Washing
Garbage Disposal
Electric Blanket
Electric Pet Fence
Fan - Attic Ventilation
Fan - Paddle
Fan - Window
Freezer - Frost Free
Fry Pan
Garage Door Opener
Hair Dryer - Portable
Heat Lamp
Heat Tape (30ft., Winter)
Heater (Auto Engine, Winter)
Heater (Portable)
Heating System (Warm Air Fan)
Humidifier (Winter)
Clothes Iron
Ice Maker
Jacuzzi - 2 Person
Lighting (Compact Fluorescent)
Lighting (Fluorescent)
Lighting (Incandescent)
Lighting (Outdoor Floor)
Microwave Oven
Mixer, Hand
Pool Pump (1.5 HP)
Power Tools (Circular Saw)
Radio
Range (Oven)
Range (Self Cleaning Cycle)
Refrigerator/Freezer
Satellite Dish and Receiver
Sump Pump (1/2 HP)
Television (Color, Solid State)
Toaster
Vacuum Cleaner
Waffle Iron
Washer
Waterbed Heater
Water Heater
Window Air Conditioner - 12,000 BTU
Window Air Conditioner - 6,000 BTU
Est. Wattage
150
250
385
3
6,000
1,200
400
365
1,500
1,500
450
1,200
250
420
175
15
400
80
125
440
1,200
350
1,000
250
180
1,000
1,500
312
177
1,000
200
1,500
18
40
75
120
1,500
100
2,000
1,800
71
2,660
2,500
250
360
500
200
1,400
1,500
1,200
512
375
4,500
1,500
825
Est. Hours/month
730
60
2
730
17
30
10
75
8
5
360
25
35
60
180
730
71
150
100
334
10
3
10
5
720
180
40
288
230
5
333
93
100
100
100
90
11
10
250
1
101
20
3
333
183
20
183
3
6
4
17
256
91
200
200
Est. KWH Est. Monthly Cost
110
$13.49
15
$1.85
1
$0.09
2
$0.27
102
$12.57
36
$4.44
4
$0.49
27
$3.37
12
$1.48
8
$0.92
162
$19.96
30
$3.70
9
$1.08
25
$3.10
32
$3.88
11
$1.35
28
$3.50
12
$1.48
13
$1.54
147
$18.11
12
$1.48
1
$0.13
10
$1.23
1
$0.15
130
$15.97
180
$22.18
60
$7.39
90
$11.07
41
$5.02
5
$0.62
67
$8.21
140
$17.19
2
$0.22
4
$0.49
8
$0.92
11
$1.33
17
$2.03
1
$0.12
500
$61.60
2
$0.22
7
$0.88
53
$6.55
8
$0.92
83
$10.26
66
$8.12
10
$1.23
37
$4.51
4
$0.52
9
$1.11
5
$0.59
9
$1.07
96
$11.83
410
$50.45
300
$36.96
165
$20.33
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