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Post by MrsC on 29th August 2011, 2:52 pm

Just in case anyone reading hasn't tried an energy monitor I just thought I'd link to a review I recently put on my blog of the Owl Wireless Electricity Monitor which I was lucky enough to win a couple of months ago in an online competition.

http://mrsc.typepad.co.uk/being_mrs_c/2011/08/watching-the-units.html

Happy to answer any questions anyone might have, and to also hear about other people's experiences with similar monitors.

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Post by Dandelion on 29th August 2011, 4:09 pm

Could I use the monitor with my washing machine to find out which cycle uses more electricity? I've heard that longer cycles can actually use less power, because the machine rests for periods during the cycle and would be interested to find out.

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Post by MrsC on 29th August 2011, 8:08 pm

Hmmm - I guess you could.

You could take a note of the total consumption when you put the machine on and again when you turn it off. Make a note of what the amount used is for each cycle and compare.

The only thing is that whilst it was on you'd need to not run anything else that would be "abnormal" - like boil the kettle, put the toaster on etc. You could do a "control" test period for each length of time where you just note down what the background usage in your house is.

Certainly I've noticed that when my washing machine is on the electricity usage at any point in time varies a lot depending on what point in the cycle it's at.

Hope I'm making sense!

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