Jeffrey Lee is senior director of content development for Building Forward at Hanley Wood. He has previously served as an editor for Architect, Eco-Structure, Architectural Lighting, and other publications.
The PowerCost Monitor is a wireless energy monitor that displays how much electricity the user’s home consumes from moment to moment and in total. A countertop display unit can present total electricity costs in dollars and cents and in kilowatt hours, and users can see their peak energy cost within the last 24 hours. A sensor unit attaches to the outside of a home’s electric utility meter and wirelessly transmits use information to the Power Monitor. 866.607.2583.
The HOBO U30-WIF station is a remote data-logging and monitoring device with built-in WiFi communications that can be reconfigured and adapted to a variety of applications, such as measuring energy usage of a device, outside temperature, or carbon dioxide. Up to 15 channels of data can be recorded and monitored remotely via HOBOlink, a Web-enabled software package that lets users access current and historical data, set alarm notifications, and manage remote monitoring systems. 800.564.4377.
The Power Monitor tells homeowners how much electricity they are using in real time and the cost in dollars and cents. A wireless sensor attaches to the electric meter outside a home, monitors the rate at which electricity is consumed, and transmits the information to a handheld display monitor. Users can program cost-per-kilowatt-hour and billing plan information from their electric bills into the monitor. 800.544.6986.