Going green more effectively with the help of Kill A Watt

Whether you’re trying to go green to save money or reduce your carbon footprint, it helps to know where to focus your efforts. It makes little sense to spend a lot of effort saving a few kilowatt hours on appliances that mean very little while ignoring the appliances that consume more electricity.

Whether you’re trying to go green to save money or reduce your carbon footprint, it helps to know where to focus your efforts. It makes little sense to spend a lot of effort saving a few kilowatt hours on appliances that mean very little while ignoring the appliances that consume more electricity. By using a wattage meter such as the P3 International P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor, you can pinpoint the appliances that are the most power hungry.

I recently had the opportunity to test various devices and the results were pretty much inline with what I had expected. In most homes, the refrigerator is the 2nd biggest consumer of electricity behind the air conditioner. Since I don’t have an air conditioner, the refrigerator is my biggest power hog. My very old refrigerator was surprisingly energy efficient drawing about 1.8 kwH/day which translates to about 657 KwH/ year. Continue reading “Going green more effectively with the help of Kill A Watt”

How to replace a Broan 162 bathroom fan

I bought this Broan 162 1-Bulb Opening Heater Bath Fan with Light as a direct replacement to ease installation since the vent would match up. It’s a fairly complex installation requiring sheet rock repair. The motor on this unit is smaller than the old one. Unit can be wired to operate light in sync with fan or independently.

This post is a bit off topic but since I already went to the trouble of writing this up for the product review, I mind as well post it here.

I bought this Broan 162 1-Bulb Opening Heater Bath Fan with Light as a direct replacement to ease installation since the vent would match up. It’s a fairly complex installation requiring sheet rock repair. The motor on this unit is smaller than the old one. Unit can be wired to operate light in sync with fan or independently. I only have two switched in my bathroom to operate 3 functions (vanity light, fan, fan light) so two must operate in sync. I don’t want the fan to come on with the vanity light and I don’t want the fan light to come on with the fan so my solution was to wire the fan light to operate with the fan and simply screw in a bulb loosely so it does not light. I didn’t want to leave the socket exposed to moisture. I also didn’t want to put in a 250 watt heat bulb since that’s a waste of electricity while showering and after to vent the steam. Continue reading “How to replace a Broan 162 bathroom fan”