The following energy monitoring devices offer the quickest and easiest way to understand electricity usage.
The product you need depends on what you want to find out:
- If you wish to monitor any plug-in appliance like a fridge or TV, use a Power Meter.
- Use an Energy Monitor to track an entire property, such as a home or small business.
- To measure something like a granny flat or EV charger, you'll need a Sub Meter.
Checking and measuring your electricity usage is surprisingly straightforward once you know how.
1. How to Measure the Electricity Usage of Appliances
A hairdryer, kettle, and mobile phone charger have one thing in common: a standard power plug. Using a plug-in power meter, you can measure anything with a 10-amp power plug.
You plug the power meter into an electrical outlet and then plug your appliance into it. It will show you a variety of informative readings including watts, kilowatt-hours, and cost.
We currently sell these plug-in power meters:
2. How to Check the Electricity Usage of a Home or Small Business
You'll soon realise that plug-in power meters miss some critical energy users that are 'hard-wired' or inaccessible, such as:
- Air Conditioners,
- Ceiling Fans,
- Solar PV Panels,
- Outdoor Spas,
- Electric Hot Water Systems.
To track the electricity consumption of these items, you'll need to install an electricity usage monitor. Energy monitors give you a real-time display of your total power consumption. They are typically installed at your main electricity meter board.
We sell these wireless energy monitoring options:
This device can be self-installed on any 'smart' or digital electricity meter. Powerpal tracks your usage on your phone with an app. Powerpal uses long-range Bluetooth to communicate between the sensor and your phone.
This stand-alone power monitor does not require an internet connection or wifi to work. It has a large display screen, and you can download historical usage data via USB. It's suitable for use at single, two, or three-phase properties.
This energy monitor (and app) is ideal for households with solar panels. Powersensor connects to your wifi network to operate. It has three configurations:
NOTE: Powersensor currently only works with single-phase households.
3. How to Measure Electricity Consumption for On-billing (Or Similar)
Another issue you may encounter is the need to meter power usage in a particular area or for a large appliance. Use-cases include:
- Buildings like a granny flat, workshop or shed,
- Accommodation or tenancies like rooms, cabins, or sites,
- Large electrical loads like EV chargers, air conditioners, or hot water systems.
The good thing about these areas is that they usually have their own power circuit. This makes them an ideal candidate for an electrical sub-meter. An electrical sub-meter allows you to meter a circuit or group of circuits for the purpose of on-billing (or being better informed).
We offer two types of electricity sub-meters:
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