Reducing your energy consumption is the first step in the EPA's waste reduction mantra (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.) It is also the first and easiest step you can take to reduce waste and energy consumption at home before you get an energy audit, re-insulate, reseal, repair or install solar panels, a geo-thermal heating system or a windmill.
Since what gets measured gets done, Google has teamed with The Energy Detective (TED,) an in-home electricity monitoring device you can use to measure the energy used by different systems and appliances in real time. Although the Google PowerMeter is designed to work with a smart meter installed by your utility company, TED works from your existing in-home wiring, is easy to install, and costs about $200.
Go to the link to learn more, and start changing your habits to save energy and costs at home.Official Google Blog: Google PowerMeter's first device partner