which one to buy to save on your electricity bill and seven recommended models from less than 20 euros

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With electricity skyrocketing and with no sign of improvement in the coming months, every penny counts: turn on the appliances just enough and necessary, bet on those with better energy efficiency and not spend more with the phantom consumption of standby. It seems silly but we have measured it and in our case, In these times it supposes more than 100 euros per year extra on the bill. A good way to be aware of what we consume is buy a consumption meter.

These devices can be connected either to register the consumption of a socket or device or for the whole house. In this buying guide for domestic electricity consumption meters (single-phase) We help you choose your ideal model and we offer you a careful selection of recommended models.

Why use an electricity meter?

Consumption

An electricity consumption meter informs in real time of the consumption of our electrical installation or of a device, so you can know how much you spend per day, week or month. Thus, you can be more aware of what you spend and find solutions to reduce it, saving on your electricity bill.

In addition to knowing the cost of a device and, consequently, acting to optimize its use by improving our habits, for example by using them when electricity is cheaper or by installing a smart plug or a power strip to eliminate standby, it also serves to detect performance problems appliances that consume more than expected.

Although the data that most interests us is consumption, it is common for provide more information, such as voltage, intensity, power, frequency and even what we will pay on the bill (for this we will have to enter the cost euros/kWh ourselves). The most advanced models also provide a history with graphs of the evolution.

Buying guide for devices to save and control energy consumption

Types of consumption meters

We identify two types of consumption meters:

  • individual meters, record consumption data of a device in question. These meters are connected between the device and the plug, serving as an intermediary.

  • global gauges, monitor total consumption, providing consumption data for the entire house so that you have a general estimate of your consumption ahead of your next bill. These types of devices are placed in the electrical panel. Be careful because you can find models for three-phase and single-phase, the latter being the one we will choose for the home.

While global consumption meters are more advanced technical solutions whose installation is recommended by a technician, individual consumption meters are simple devices that you can place in a socket yourself.

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How to choose a good consumption meter

Once you are clear about whether you need to monitor the consumption of a specific device or have an overview of your general consumption, before buying an electricity consumption meter, consider:

  • Data storage and display. It is interesting that it offers a clear and intuitive interface, so that we can see the consumption at the moment, the accumulated and the evolution. In this sense, the connected models are especially interesting when resorting to the application for this task. If you prefer something more basic, you will see the information through a small screen. In the latter case, being backlit is a plus.

  • Feeding. Normally, when connected to the electrical system, they are powered directly from there, but some individual models have a battery to be able to view and store the data even if you remove them from the socket.

  • connectivity. The interface of the basic models focuses on a screen with a menu and button navigation, but there are some with the option of wireless connectivity and even USB ports so that you can transfer the data to an application (tablet or smartphone) or to a PC and thus be able to follow and visualize your consumption trends in a more practical and visual way.

  • power limitation. This point is of interest to you if you are going to buy an individual consumption meter, since you cannot connect high-consumption appliances to it under the risk of overloading. They are generally limited to 3680 W/16A.

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Featured Models

Zael

This one from Zael (24 euros with coupon) is a consumption meter for individual use that you can place to control appliances up to 3680 W with overload protection.

Compact and easy to use with two buttons to navigate through the menu, on the LCD screen you can view data such as voltage (V), accumulated energy consumption (kWh), cost (euros) or cost per kWh. Also saves your readings and settings even if you unplug it.


Zaeel Energy cost meter with LCD display, overload protection, maximum power 3680 W

Zaeel Energy cost meter with LCD display, overload protection, maximum power 3680 W

maxcio

You can buy the Maxcio consumption meter (from 20.99 euros) individually or in a pack of two to save you some money.

This individual consumption measurement device has an LCD screen that stands out for its large size and that it is backlit. In it you can see data on power (W), energy (kWh), Voltage (V), frequency (Hz), amperage (A), power factor, price or minimum and maximum power.

Like the previous one, the connection is limited to 3680 W and, if the appliance exceeds that power, a warning will be shown on the display. With built-in battery so you can view the data even without being plugged in and store data.


Maxcio Energy Consumption Meter, Rechargeable Electricity Monitor with Backlit LCD Display, 7 Modes Electricity Consumption Meter with Overload Protection, Cost of Electricity

Maxcio Energy Consumption Meter, Rechargeable Electricity Monitor with Backlit LCD Display, 7 Modes Electricity Consumption Meter with Overload Protection, Cost of Electricity

Gifort

This Gifort device (20.99 euros) monitors consumption individually, standing out for its large screen with backlight and built-in battery so you can read in any situation, even when it is offline.

Measures power (W), energy (kWh), current (A), voltage (V), frequency (Hz), power factor, cost, maximum power, minimum power and even estimated CO2 emissions (KgCO2), being able to configure two electricity tariffs.

Limited to one 3680 W or 16 A powerwill notify you if the connected device exceeds this value with an OVERLOAD message on the screen.


Gifort Energy Meter Current Consumption Meter for Monitor Electricity Counter with Backlit LCD Digital Display Overload Protection (Double Rate)

Gifort Energy Meter Current Consumption Meter for Monitor Electricity Counter with Backlit LCD Digital Display Overload Protection (Double Rate)

Oven Wat 419 Gs

This electric consumption meter Orno Wat (15 euros) it is compact and affordable. It is limited to 3680 W of power, so you should not connect devices that exceed it.

Through its LCD display using two buttons to navigate Through the menu, you can see the energy consumption and what it will cost you, as well as the network voltage.


Orno WAT-419(GS) Electric Consumption Meter for plug Energy cost counter with LCD screen,|  Maximum power 3680W, Energy meter

Orno WAT-419(GS) Electric Consumption Meter for plug Energy cost counter with LCD screen,| Maximum power 3680W, Energy meter

Emylo Smart

Unlike the previous ones, which can be plugged in and unplugged when you need it without great complexity, the EMylo Smart (39 euros) is a individual consumption meter with connectivity that we must install in the wiring of our installation, for example to measure the consumption of the air conditioning or the heater.

In addition to seeing the data from its small screen, you can access it from the application for a more complete and intuitive experience. The best thing is that you can also turn on, turn on or set timers via mobile or voice commands in your smart home (Alexa and Google Assistant).

Among its functions, real-time monitoring of voltage, current, and energy in real time quite accurately.


eMylo Smart Single Phase Digital Energy Meter, LCD Display with WiFi Wireless Remote Control 60A 90-250V 60Hz Smartphone App Digital Energy Meter

eMylo Smart Single Phase Digital Energy Meter, LCD Display with WiFi Wireless Remote Control 60A 90-250V 60Hz Smartphone App Digital Energy Meter

Wibeee Box Mono

The Wibeee Box (184 euros) is a domestic kit for measuring global electricity consumption with advantages such as connectivity, versatility and an intuitive experience.

Once installed near the electrical panel (indoors), It is powered by the box itself and connects to the internet via WiFi. This device measures consumption using an ammeter clamp. This device allows you to connect up to three clamps, so for example you could measure your home, the power circuit of an electric car and a photovoltaic system.

You can see the data both from a mobile or tablet from the application or through a web control panel (PC), being able to download them in table format to analyze. The kit includes a clamp and a pair of magnetic connectors.


Electric Consumption Meter Wibeee BOX MONO

Electric Consumption Meter Wibeee BOX MONO

Delta

If you are looking for a global domestic consumption meter but you prefer it to have a more classic handlingthis Delta Dore Tywatt 30 (96 euros) reduces the display to your screen.

Connect it to the electrical panel of your home and measure or consumption permanently or punctually with a resettable counter, for example if you have a second home and want to monitor what you spend when you go on vacation. It also allows you to see partials based on the rate.


Tywatt 30

Bonuses

smart heron

The Garza Smart (12.99 euros) is not a consumption meter, but a “smart” socket with measurement functiona way to see how much the device you connect spends and also control it remotely from the application or through voice commands.

This indoor device supports the connection of 3680W/16A devices, allowing you to create automations and scenes. With daily, monthly and annual consumption meter and overload, overvoltage and overvoltage and child protection.


Garza Smart - Smart Wi-Fi Plug, Programmable, Wi-Fi 2.4GHz, With consumption meter, Remote control by app and by Alexa/Google voice, White

Garza Smart – Smart Wi-Fi Plug, Programmable, Wi-Fi 2.4GHz, With consumption meter, Remote control by app and by Alexa/Google voice, White

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With electricity skyrocketing and with no sign of improvement in the coming months, every penny counts: turn on the appliances…

With electricity skyrocketing and with no sign of improvement in the coming months, every penny counts: turn on the appliances…

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