If there is one item that should be on your New Year shopping list (that maybe Santa did not bring you), the owl should be it!
OWL micro is a wireless electricity monitor which shows you how much electricity you are using at any time and how much it is costing (both you and the planet)
This is very simple device that anyone can install by simply clipping the sensor and transmitter to your main supply cable inside your electricity box and then you have a mobile display unit which you can place anywhere around the house.
The Owl can help you:
1. Save money on your electricity bill by providing up to the second information on the amount of electricity you are using in pounds and pence so that you can see the financial gain of turning off electrical devices at home
2. In not using unnecessary electricity and hence burning of unnecessary fossil fuels and subsequent creating of carbon emissions.
It really gives you a great appreciation of the electricity you consume as it is right there in front of you which make the connection between the electricity used/carbon emissions emitted every time you flick a switch.
Another interesting element is your ‘standing’ rate. I.e., the amount of electricity you use in the house, even if you are out. E.g. the electricity required to keep the fridge running. Trying to reduce this as much as possible is great exercise as it draws your attention to appliances on standby which perhaps do not need to be…
As at the time of writing (1 month after we have ours, in the middle of winter) we have spent a total of £17.56 on electricity which I don’t think is too bad.
Although we are normally quite conscious of our usage I think this has helped us and is definitely a recommended device for any home (even if I now have a tinge of guilt every time I boil the kettle and see the rate on the display jump from the standing rate to 10 times that!)
For those who are in London it is worth investigating of the Mayor Of London RENEW scheme is available in your borough as this device along with others and a visit from a consultant are all offered FREE under the scheme.
For further information on the Owl go to www.theowl.com