How hideous is the cost of electricity bills these days?! Even when you turn off all the lights and think you've been sensible with your usage, the bills often still knock you sideways when you open them! Well they do us anyway!
I noticed there's a few products in the market that hook up to your meter box and guage in real time how much power you're consuming on the monitor you put inside your home.
I like the Energy Monitor below because it not only tells you how many watts you're using but in $$$ terms as well. Costs $140.
Cent-A-Meter below costs a little more at $200and it too measures your electricity usage in watts and $$$. I also notice you can pre-set your usage and an alarm sounds if you go over it and it has a greenhouse gas conversion factor too if that floats your boat...
I actually saw this little unit at an Electrician friend of mine's house - perhaps that's suggesting it's one of the better ones to go with?
Then there's remote control power boards which you can turn individual appliances off using the remote. Particularly handy for the I-can't-be-arsed-contorting-my-body-behind-the-furniture power points! $70 for this little number.
What power saving devices do you use or have you found useful? I'm sure there's loads more out there.