Energy usage monitors – devices which connect somehow to your meter or an outlet to let you know how much energy you are using – sometimes can be boring looking. How about if one looked stylish and cool, like something you’d find in an urban London flat? That”s how the Wattson energy usage monitor from U.K. firm DIY KYOTO looks (this comes to us via iGreenSpot).
This stylish device, which can sit atop most any flat surface, works in conjunction with a sensor clip and wireless transmitter. These latter two items work with either of the mains electricity cables leading from your home’s meter box to your fuse box (consider hiring an electrician to connect it if you are unsure) to measure the amount of electricity being used in the home. It can then display for you in either watts or cost what you are using.
The Wattson has on its bottom side colored lights which detail how much energy you are using. Glowing blue means less usage than normal, purple means average and nasty red means you are using too much. The device can store upwards of 28 days of electricity usage information in its internal memory and, when used with its companion Holmes software, can upload this data to a computer so you can see first hand daily, weekly and monthly views of your home’s energy use.
As far as it being eco itself, the Wattson reportedly only uses 5 watts on average and has a low power mode. It is also completely recyclable. The only downside if you live in the United States? It isn’t yet available here. U.K. residents, however, can pick one up for around £100.