It’s not new or solar necessarily, but I just found out about it…

This is a very useful gadget if you are transitioning into a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Simply plug any of your home appliances into the Kill-A-Watt to instantly measure the amount of wattage the appliance is emitting.



Product information from ThinkGeek says:

The Kill-A-Watt allows you to connect your appliances and assess how efficient they are. A large LCD display counts consumption by the Kilowatt-hour, just like utility companies. You can figure out your electrical expenses by the hour, day, week, month, even an entire year. Monitor the quality of your power by displaying Voltage, Line Frequency, and Power Factor.

Uh, awesome. Even just for the forecasting abilities – being to able to know how much killowattage you can afford to use, let alone the green elements make this a really great tool for understanding your own impact on the environment. And it costs like $25.