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TED - The Energy Detective Electricity Monitor

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Product Description

TED - The Energy Detective - is an easy-to-use, accurate electricity monitor that can help you save 10% to 20% (or more) on your energy bill. This handy device provides immediate feedback on your energy usage so you can determine where and when to reduce your electricity consumption to save money and the environment.

TED is available alone or with data-logging software, called Footprints, that allows you to see your energy consumption in depth on your computer.

Installation is quick and easy. A transmitter is installed in your breaker box and the display unit can be plugged into any outlet in your home. No wires need to be run at all!

Overview

TED offers a simple, affordable way to monitor energy usage at home. And being able to measure energy consumption gives you insight into where you can conserve. Want to know how much electricity that old microwave oven really uses? TED's two-second reaction time can tell you instantly. And not only can you measure usage of your entire home at once, but you can also measure individual circuits.

Features:
  • Large, easy-to-read LCD screen
  • Accurate to within +/- 2%
  • Easy installation takes only 10-15 minutes and can be done by a qualified homeowner or electrician
  • Compatible with all meters - digital, mechanical, AMR
  • Doesn't need batteries; maintenance-free!
  • Will likely pay for itself in months
  • With Footprints software (see option above), TED can be plugged into your computer for extended capabilities like data-logging, graphing, charting, load-profiles and more
  • Data is stored for thirteen months
  • Can be programmed to accommodate almost all tariff structures, including any combination of Time-of-Use (off-peak, mid-peak, peak, critical-peak), up to 5 tiers, Summer/Winter, fixed charge, energy surcharges, and taxes
  • Built-in alarm can alert you when energy usage is high, helping you keep costs within your budget

What's Included

  • 2 current transformers (CT)
  • Measuring transmitting unit (MTU)
  • Display unit (RDU)
  • USB cable included if you purchase TED plus Footprints software

Installation

Ted can be installed by a qualified homeowner or an electrician in 10-15 minutes. No additional wires need to be run. The cover of your electrical panel will need to be removed. If you are not familiar with electrical components and the operation of a circuit breaker panel, it is recommended that an electrician perform installation to prevent serious injury or death. Below is a diagram of what a typical installation might look like. Your installation may vary. Installation instructions are included with your purchase.

Typical Installation Diagram:

Compatibility

TED Model 1001 is suitable for use only with the following:
  • 120/240V single-phase 60Hz services
  • Services of 200 AMPS or less
  • Services with a single service disconnect
  • Services with maximum 350 MCM Conductors
  • Included RDU is only approved for use with the included MTU and QX 200-CT. Use with any other product will void warranty, and may cause an electrical or fire hazard.
TED Model 1001 will not work with the following:
  • 3-Phase service
  • 230V 50Hz service typical in most areas outside North America
  • Main circuit breakers or fuse panels larger than 200 Amps
  • More than one main circuit breaker or switch
  • Main service circuit conductors (wires) larger than 1-inch in diameter

Footprints Data-Logging Software

Footprints is software that logs real-time electricity usage and creates graphs, charts and many other features to help make you aware of your energy consumption.

Features:
  • Data is recorded every one second
  • Data is logged in .CSV format and can be exported to create user-defined charts and graphs
  • Log as much or as little as you want
  • Accurate to within 2%
  • Logs KW, kWh, dollars and voltage
  • Displays greenhouse gas emissions
  • Printable graphs

Footprints is compatible with the following:

  • PC only (no MACs at this time)
  • Microsoft Vista, XP, Server 2003, Win2000. Utilizes Microsoft's .NET Framework

To see screen shots of Footprints, click here.

Please note: TED1001 With Footprints no longer ships with a Mini CD. The RDU you receive comes preloaded with Footprints. Please visit the download section of the manufacturer's website to download the software.

Specifications

RDU MTU CTs
Use: Indoor/Dry Indoor/Outdoor Dry Indoor/Outdoor Dry
Temperature: 10° - 40°C 5° - 40°C 5° - 40°C
Relative Humidity: < 80% < 90% < 90%
Altitude: < 3,000M < 3,000M < 3,000M
Voltage: 100-130 V 100-130 V 100-600 V

FAQ

Q: How often does TED update the data?
Q: Are there batteries to change?
Q: How accurate is TED?
Q: How sensitive is TED?
Q: Do I need to reset TED each month?
Q: Can I use TED to measure individual circuits?
Q: Does TED measure true power?
Q: Can TED control appliances in my home?
Q: Can I use TED to monitor a 'mother-in-law' apartment?
Q: Will I lose data if I unplug TED or if the power goes off?
Q: I have a Photovoltaic System and I send power back to the grid. Does TED perform net metering?
Q: Will TED interfere with X-10 and other home automation systems?
Q: Will my Utility reduce my electricity rate if I install TED?
Q: Is TED more accurate than my utility meter?
Q: What is involved in installing TED?
Q: Is TED hard to program?
Q: How does TED work?
Q: How long will it take to get my money back from the purchase of TED?

Q: How often does TED update the data?
A: TED updates its data every second!

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Q: Are there batteries to change?
A: No. TED will never have to have batteries changed. It is truly maintenance-free. (And TED only costs about $0.08 per month to operate!)

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Q: How accurate is TED?
A: TED is calibrated to be accurate to within 2%! (But you will likely find it to be closer to 1%)

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Q: How sensitive is TED?
A: TED is sensitive to 10 WATTS. If you turn on a 10-watt bulb, TED will know (and immediately show) that you turned on a 10-watt bulb! You will find those "phantom" loads!

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Q: Do I need to reset TED each month?
A: No...TED is fully-automatic. Once set up, TED will perform all functions automatically!

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Q: Can I use TED to measure individual circuits?
A: Yes....although TED is designed to measure your entire home, you can easily measure individual circuits simply by clipping the thumb-squeeze CTs over the circuit you wish to monitor.

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Q: Does TED measure true power?
A: Yes, TED measures true RMS power; TED does take into account Power Factor.

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Q: Can TED control appliances in my home?
A: TED is being designed to perform automatic load-shedding functions.

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Q: Can I use TED to monitor a 'mother-in-law' apartment?
A: You certainly can. Simply clip the thumb-squeeze CTs over the supply to the apartment.

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Q: Will I lose data if I unplug TED or if the power goes off?
A: No. TED stores data in non-volatile memory. You will never lose data. However, if you do unplug TED, any power being used will not be recorded.

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Q: I have a Photovoltaic System and I send power back to the grid. Does TED perform net metering?
A: No. TED1001 does not perform net metering. TED5000 will perform net metering.

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Q: Will TED interfere with X-10 and other home automation systems?
A: TED has its own data transmission stream that should not interfere with any other home automation products.

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Q: Will my Utility reduce my electricity rate if I install TED?
A: Having TED in your home may qualify you for a different tariff schedule. You will need to check with your local utility.

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Q: Is TED more accurate than my utility meter?
A: If you feel that TED has presented a case of your meter being inaccurate, simply call your Utility. They will be happy to send someone out to confirm its accuracy. (TED is accurate to within 2%!!)

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Q: What is involved in installing TED?
A: A qualified homeowner or an electrician can easily install TED in 10-15 minutes. TED operates on the existing wires in your home, so there is no need to run any additional wires.

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Q: Is TED hard to program?
A: TED is only as difficult to setup as your electricity bill is to understand. Once the 'setup' routine has been completed, TED permanently stores all the data that has been entered, even in the event of a power outage. Unlike your VCR it only needs to be re-programmed if your electricity rates change.

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Q: How does TED work?
A: TED's transmitting device, located in your circuit breaker panel, measures the amount of electricity coming into your home as you demand/use it, and transmits data every second over your receiving unit. The receiving display unit can be plugged into any A/C outlet in your home.

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Q: How long will it take to get my money back from the purchase of TED?
A: In the home of a conscientious energy consumer, it could be as short as a few months. It would certainly depend on one's use of TED. So, how fast do you want the payback to be? Using the analogy of the 'bathroom scale', how fast do you want to lose weight? It depends on how conscientious you are.

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