To rationalize your bills is to find out exactly how much things are costing you and to make some hard decisions about what you can do without and how you can invest money on energy saving devices. The pre-requisite for rationalizing electricity bills is to know how much each appliance in your home is costing you. You can do this simply by buying a cheap P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor made by P3 International.
The price for the P4400 Kill A Watt is less than $25 and it is very simple to use. There is no complicated installment to the electricity meter outside. The Kill A Watt is a small handheld device with an LCD display; a few buttons and a front plug socket and plug pins on the back. To find out how much an electrical device is costing you simply plug the device into the front of the Kill A Watt monitor and then plug the monitor into a wall socket. Lastly you input your utility rate into the Kill A Watt and it forecasts the cost of the electrical appliance under scrutiny per day, week, month and year. You can also turn off the electrical device and see how much it is costing when not being used.
The US Department of Energy has calculated that the average US household wastes 20% of its electricity powering devices that are not being used. Standby lights on TVs, DVD players, stereos and game consoles are not free. The same goes for the digital display on microwave ovens and other home appliances. The P4400 Kill A Watt tells you just how much these devices are costing you when not in use. And these results will help you to better rationalize your use of electricity. Having lights that shine all night are surely at the very bottom of your priority list.
Finally, the Kill A Watt also measures voltage and line frequency and so is a useful tool for testing the quality of the utility supply and accurately diagnosing brownouts that can damage your electrical equipment in the home.
So if you want to know how to reduce your electricity bills effectively then the best place to start is to buy a P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor.