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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Electricity.

In this Badge Bit, you will measure power consumption of 12 devices with a Kill-A-Watt meter (or equivalent).  Have you heard about those pesky phantom loads?  Let's track them down and see how scary they are!

Here's a video of a guy giving some good tips:

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - measure usage of 12 devices
       - 24 hour consumption for devices that stay plugged in and you don't turn on/off (refrigerator, sump pump, freezer, etc)
       - usage per event for devices you turn on/off (tea kettle, garage door opener, phone charger, printer)
       - standby usage for devices you turn on/off (this is the "phantom load")

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
  - list the 12 devices
  - show two of them plugged into the meter
  - list 24 hour consumption for those devices you don't turn on/off
  - list usage per event and phantom load usage for those devices that you do turn on/off
  - give two examples that were a surprise to you
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Approved BB submission
My badge bit submission.
I was most surprised by:
(1) the portable electric burner, how it cycles up/down to zero watts (didn’t know it did that)
(2) the printer - lots of power used
(3) the power consumption by the computers even when “off”, that sneaky phantom load.
Electricity usage
Electricity usage
Dryer plugged in and monitoring
Dryer plugged in and monitoring
Laptop being monitored
Laptop being monitored
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Mike Haasl approved this submission.

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