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Real-Time Power Monitoring Options?

September 24th, 2010 09:08 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

tedpearson writes “I’ve wanted for quite a while to be able to look at my electricity usage in graphed form, both real-time and historical data. There seem to be a number of options for power monitoring in existence: some that hook into Google PowerMeter, others to Microsoft Hohm, and some that are standalone units. I’ve also seen DIY projects using Arduinos for reading the data and sending it to a computer. But I haven’t found anything that is quite what I’m looking for, and I am hoping the Slashdot community can give me some advice. What I’m looking for currently: Some sort of device(s) that a) accurately measures power usage, b) allows me to access the data for storage in a database for my own graphing/analysis purposes, c) will work with MacOS (doesn’t require Windows), and d) doesn’t cost more than $150 or so. DIY is fine, though I don’t understand circuit design, which is keeping me from designing something myself.”

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