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Know your appliances’ operating costs

'Kill A Watt' measures power usage, translates into dollars and cents

Needless to say, there's nothing better than finding a way to save a little bit of money on your electric bill. And the first step in doing that is knowing where your electricity goes each month. Once you know all of the places, large and small, where electricity is being used, and possibly wasted, you can take some steps to change things. That's where the Kill A Watt EZ comes in. This clever little device lets you read and understand the electrical usage of a variety of 120-volt electrical appliances and other devices around your home in real time, so you know specifically how much power they're using, and how much money -- in real dollars and cents -- they're costing you to operate. Now you can accurately assess if those "phantom" electronics like phone chargers and unused TVs are costing you money, or if replacing that old clunker of a refrigerator will show a return on your investment. Kill A Watts are available for around $25 through many home centers and ot...