What home appliances use the most electricity?

Nifty

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This thread is right up my jam! ;)

I purchased and am really enjoying visibility into my consumption of electricity and water. Both of these meters are really easy to install… just make sure they work with your house/provider:

Emporia Vue Smart Home Energy Monitor: https://amzn.to/3s9SiVK
Doesn’t work with every meter /provider, but once I set it up with PG&E, it has been working great showing me real-time power usage, and is bi-directional to show me when my solar is cranking out power back to the grid.

Flume 2 Smart Water Meter: On sale: https://amzn.to/3tANVnf
Really awesome interface and reporting. I setup some alerts on daily and monthly water usage, and leak detection

(I also have Vue's smart-plugs https://amzn.to/3lynPys for individual devices, and their circuit-level monitor, but that’s a bit more work to setup: https://amzn.to/3lo9rsv )
 

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Nifty, has this technology actually saved you any money on your monthly bills?
The water meter TOTALLY did! I discovered a leak, and had NO idea that watering my lawn was using a gazillion gallons!

The electric meter has been helpful with determining which things use the most power, since turning them on / off immediately shows in the app.

Both are mostly based on what you do with the information. Just having them doesn't save money, but acting on the data can definitely make a difference.
 

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I turned off and drained our spa this winter and BINGO, electric bill dropped by a hundred dollars a month.

We have a refrigerator that only uses something like 7 kw a month- it was called a SunFrost, and they don't make them anymore. I found that out when I needed a new door seal- turns out the original owner continues to have parts for repairs out of his garage, lol. It's 20 years old, and still running like a champ. I hope it lasts till I die.
 

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I turned off and drained our spa this winter and BINGO, electric bill dropped by a hundred dollars a month.

We have a refrigerator that only uses something like 7 kw a month- it was called a SunFrost, and they don't make them anymore. I found that out when I needed a new door seal- turns out the original owner continues to have parts for repairs out of his garage, lol. It's 20 years old, and still running like a champ. I hope it lasts till I die.
My electric company used to constantly send me ideas on how to lower my electric costs. They did so without any idea of why I use as much electricity as I do. One of their regular suggestions was to replace my refrigerator with a newer more efficient model. I plugged my refrigerator into a Kill A Watt and found out how much it cost me to run it. None of the refrigerators that I looked at had as low of a predicted annual cost as what I get from my current model.

It does not help that my current refrigerator is nearly 43 years old. I am not looking forward to replacing it.
 
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