House power monitor deal at Fry’s
Linear Technology analog guru, eFlea aficionado* and all around good ol’ boy Fran Hoffart sent me a note about a house power monitor that happen to be on sale at Fry’s Electronics, at least up here in Silicon Valley. Fran writes:
This afternoon I picked up this”Blueline Innovations” Power Cost Monitor from Frys. It consists of a wireless transmitter that is attached to the power meter and a receiver with a large LCD screen. It displays present Watts used, present cost per hour, kWhr, total kWhr since last reset, electricity cost since last reset, including up to 5 tiers of electricity cost, time, date and even shows the outside temperature. Right now it shows that my home is using 1.3kW & the outside temperature is 59F. I’m impressed with this gizmo & it’s well thought out and well built. The sensor works by counting the number of revolutions the disc makes in the power meter & updates the data every 30 seconds. They say that the wireless range is about 100ft but I walked up the block over 600ft before it lost the signal. Check it out online, Blueline Innovations model BLI-28000. It’s normally $99, but
it’s on sale at Frys until Thursday for $79.
When I pointed out I have a smart meter, not one with a wheel, Fran responded:
They say that it will work with most smart meters. It has directions for attaching to 3 types of smart meters. I think they have a flashing LED that the sensor picks up. PG&E already modified my gas meter, but my electricity is from the city of Santa Clara.