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Home Electricity PowerCost Monitor

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Product Description

As seen on FOX News! (scroll down for the clip)

You can save up to 20 cents on every dollar you're spending right now on your electricity bill - without changing your lifestyle. And the PowerCost Monitor will help you do it.

With a PowerCost Monitor you can tell at a glance how much electricity your home is consuming - moment-to-moment and in total. This is the advantage of real-time feedback on your electricity. Why wait for your electricity bill when you can see what you are spending on electricity as you spend it! Tests in Ontario and elsewhere have proven that householders who use real-time feedback can reduce electricity use by as much as 5 to 20%.

Real-time feedback means real savings for you. Make the PowerCost Monitor a regular part of your daily household routine. It's easy to install and simple to use. Please see the compatibility notes in our FAQ (click the FAQ button below) before purchase.

Overview

Start saving on your electricity bill right away with a PowerCost Monitor.
The success of this simple, attractive device is based on the proven value of real-time feedback - helping householders save from five to 20 percent on their monthly electricity bills.

Featured in The Wall Street Journal - July 10, 2007; Page D1

As seen on FOX News 25: (to watch, click the play button below)

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WITH A POWERCOST MONITOR YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE AT A GLANCE:
  • The amount of electricity your home is using from moment to moment;
  • The difference in electricity consumption caused by turning on and off the various electrical appliances in your home. The more electrical appliances you turn off, the lower the values displayed. The more appliances you turn on, the higher the values.
  • The total amount of money you are spending on electricity.

The PowerCost Monitor is an excellent tool to help you save. By keeping the current value of the Display Unit as low as possible you will use less electricity - up to 20 percent less every month.

And that means, not only are you saving on your electricity bill every month, but you're also reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and reducing demand on the power grid.



The PowerCost Monitor features an attractive, counter-top Display Unit that looks like a small electric clock. At the push of a button it displays, in real-time, your moment-to-moment and total electricity costs in dollars and cents and in kilowatt hours.

You will also be able to see your peak energy cost within the last 24 hours. It also displays the time and outside temperature. A battery indicator lets you know when your battery power is low and a signal indicator lets you know the strength of the signal being received from the Sensor Unit.

For more information about the PowerCost Monitor, including how it works and what is included, see the More Info tab.

Specifications

Specifications for the Blue Line Innovation's PowerCost Monitor
  • Packaged Unit Weight: 1.12 kg (2.47 lbs)
  • Meter Type Compatibility: Standard non-demand kilowatt-hour electromechanical & solid-state meter (including AMR, AMI, and Smart Meter technologies)
  • Communication Range: Frequency of 433 MHz with approx. 30 meters (100 ft) range, updating the display unit approx. every 30 seconds.
  • Accuracy: ±5%
  • Part # BLI-25100
Monitor Display Unit:
  • Width: 88.4 mm(3.5 in), Height: 185 mm (7.3 in), Thickness: 31mm (1.2 in)
  • Power Requirements: Standard 2 Alkaline AA 1.5 volt (LR6 type)
  • Operating Temperature: 10۫C to 45°C (50°F to 113°F)
Sensor Unit:
  • Power Requirements: Standard – 2 Alkaline AA 1.5 volt (LR6 type),
  • In Extreme Cold Weather – 2 Lithium AA 1.5 volt (L91 type).
  • Operating Temperature: -40°C to 60°C (-40°F to 140°F)
Warranty:
  • Manufacture Warranty: 1 year (does not include battery)

FAQ

Note: This monitor will work with any standard residential electrical meter, whether it be digital (electronic) or electromechanical (spinning disc). It will not work on a business meter that uses demand pricing, nor will it work on a net metering system (such as solar or wind). Please read page 4 of the installation guide for the specific installation process for your meter type.

In trial tests for the PowerCost Monitor in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada, many people have enjoyed real savings on their electricity bills. There are a number of questions which interested consumers have asked us about the PowerCost Monitor. For your convenience we've listed the most frequently asked questions below.



What is the PowerCost Monitor?
a. What it does:
The PowerCost Monitor is a real-time direct feedback display device for domestic energy consumers. It will tell you at a glance how much electricity your home is currently using and your home's total electricity used in dollars and cents and in kilowatt hours.

For instance, as you turn on or off electrical appliances, you will be able to see the adjustment right away on the clock-sized display which would be located inside your home.

The PowerCost Monitor shows only your home's electricity usage in real-time. Ultimately, it is up to you to use this information to reduce your electric bill.

b. How it works:
The PowerCost Monitor consists of two components - a small display (which you can place anywhere inside your home) and a sensor unit (which you attach to your electricity meter).

The display unit, located inside the home, receives a wireless signal from the sensor unit which is attached to the outside of your electricity meter. The sensor unit can be easily installed by the homeowner. The sensor unit transmits your meter information to the in-home display unit where your electricity information is displayed in kilowatt hours and dollars and cents.

c. Is the PowerCost Monitor a utility meter?
No, the PowerCost Monitor is not a utility meter. The PowerCost Monitor simply displays your electricity usage in dollars and cents and kilowatt-hours. It is not a utility meter and is not intended for billing purposes. Data displayed on the PowerCost Monitor is provided for informational purposes only. Due to timing of meter reads by your utility and combinations of flat rate charges and consumption-based charges, the "Total" readings on your display will not exactly match what you see on your electric bill.

Where can I purchase the PowerCost Monitor?
You can purchase the PowerCost Monitor by clicking the "Buy Now" button above, or by calling our toll-free number:
1-888-843-9103.



How much does the PowerCost Monitor cost?
$134.95 plus shipping and handling.


My utility uses a two-tiered rate structure. Can I program the PowerCost Monitor with two rates?
Yes the PowerCost Monitor will accommodate two-tiered rate structures. Instructions on how to program your unit with tiered rates are included in the Quick Start Guide of your PowerCost Monitor package


I have a digital meter. Will the PowerCost Monitor work on a digital meter?
Yes, this version of the PowerCost Monitor will work on any standard residential meter, whether it be digital (electronic) or electromechanical (spinning disc). This PowerCost Monitor will not work on a business meter that uses demand pricing, nor will it work on a net metering system such as solar or wind. Read PAGE 4 of the installation guide for specific compatibility details before your purchase.


Will the PowerCost Monitor work on a three-phase meter?
No, this version of the PowerCost Monitor will not work on a three-phase meter.


I live in Canada. Can I still order a PowerCost Monitor?
Yes. Canadian and other International customers can purchase our PowerCost Monitor by clicking "Buy Now" above, or phoning 1-888-843-9103.


Do I need an electrician to install the PowerCost Monitor?
Absoutely not! The PowerCost Monitor does not require an electrician for installation. The PowerCost Monitor has been designed so that it is easy for anyone to install onto their electric meter.


I would like to place a bulk order. Do you offer a discount? Who should I contact about purchasing PowerCost Monitors?
You can contact our sales office at (1-888-843-9103) and we will put you through to our Customer Service Manager to discuss bulk discounts. Or you could email sales@smarthomeusa.com

More Info


Despite its small size, the PowerCost Monitor is a powerful direct feedback device for your home. You can see at a glance, in real time, how much electricity your home is using. Your PowerCost Monitor's smart technology measures your home's electricity use and displays that information in a way that you can understand. Your PowerCost Monitor displays and calculates this information for dollars and cents and kilowatt hours.

YOUR POWERCOST MONITOR INCLUDES TWO MAIN COMPONENTS:
  • simple to install power cost monitorAn easy to install Sensor Unit that you simply attach to your utility meter outside the house. It does not affect the meter! Once fastened in place, the sensor reads the amount of electricity the household is consuming in real-time and transmits the information wirelessly to the Display Unit, located inside the home.

  • looks greatThe attractive Display Unit looks like a small digital clock. It fits inconspicuously on a countertop or other convenient household location. It is programmed to decode your Sensor Unit's signal. This information is displayed in large digital numbers that tell you at a glance, in real-time:

    • How much electricity your home is using moment-to-moment;
    • How much you are spending on electricity as you spend it;
    • The highest amount you spent on your energy usage in a 24 hour period;
    • The time, the temperature at meter location, signal strength and the battery strength of both the display and sensor units.


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HERE IS EVERYTHING INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKAGE FROM SmartHomeUSA:


  • Display Unit
  • Sensor Unit
  • Rubber Shims (2)
  • Clear Alignment Template (1)
  • Installation Guide, Setup Guide and User Manual (click links for digital copies)
  • Alkaline AA Batteries (4)
  • BONUS: Installation DVD
  • BONUS: Free Technical Support for Life from SmartHomeUSA.com

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Power Cost Monitor Saves you money
The PowerCost Monitor only shows you what your electricity is costing you. Ultimately, it is up to you to use this information to reduce your electricity bill.

The PowerCost Monitor is not a utility meter and is not intended for billing purposes. Data displayed is for informational purposes only. Due to your meter reading by your utility and other utility charges, the "total" readings on your display will not exactly match what you see on your electricity bill, although it should be accurate within five percent.
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