A fairly easy mistake is to place the CT (Sensor jaw) around either more than one cable or a multi-core cable. The CT must be placed around one single mains cable, ideally the 4th from the left as you look at the meter. If you place it around both Live and Neutral, it will have a cancelling effect or possibly a very low reading that doesn't reflect the real figure.
The light only comes on when the low tariff is used and set. If you don't actually want a low rate tariff set-up: Press and hold the left hand triangle button for more than 3 seconds, toggle between options with the square button and note the rate. Press and hold both triangle buttons for more than 3 seconds, toggle between the options using the square button and set the low rate to the same value as the normal
The monitor has been specifically designed to run off the mains power supply, so it's always on, ready to give you information at a glance. Using batteries has an environmental impact ... and of course they always need changing.
No, but it makes good sense to place it where you can easily glance at it, perhaps the kitchen. The radio signal from the transmitter should cover a distance of 30 metres, but solid walls and obstructions can affect this.
No, the Current Cost device is not intrusive, this means that no electrical connection is made. However, it is good practice to follow the instructions issued by your utility company very carefully and if you are in any doubt consult a professional.
The Current Cost monitor is equipped with a serial port for direct contact with your home or business PC. Software we are developing now will allow all sorts of communication. It is not good practice of course to leave your PC on (even in stand-by) while you are not using it.
Keep an eye on the monitor when different appliances turn on and off, check the consumption against the manufacturers specification, it may differ slightly and older machines are almost certain to use more. There will come a time when the appliance is using far more than it should and replacement should be considered.
The Current Cost system is specifically designed to highlight areas of usage (and more importantly wastage) it is not intended to replace or compete with your more accurate installed meter. It can complement your installed system by showing you what appliances are costing money now or recently, whereas your meter will show you accumulated usage. The Current Cost system receives information every six seconds, your meter continually records usage.
To buy any Current Cost energy monitor or accessories visit our ebay shop or find us on Amazon. Current Cost displays are also available through our utility partners as part of their green and energy saver tariffs.
The Current Cost monitor is designed to highlight wastage and is not intended to be a revenue meter. The reason a cost is on there is to offer some relevancy to the wattage used. The best currency to highlight wastage is energy (expressed as watts) although money ultimately saved is an obvious benefit. A good solution, offered by a user is: Add the two tariffs together, then add five per cent VAT, finally divide by two, and enter this value in as a single tariff.