Any idea how much power your home is using? Nay, not your home, but your everyday things , like your phone charger, computer, electric shaver, florescent light vs traditional light bulbs? I sure have! For that reason I have done some research that would apply to this area of life. There are a few products out there that you can test anything you want to see how much it is costing you! They are called electricity usage monitors! So kick PG&E in the rear and get one!
These products will tell you how much power something is using and break it down to money and watts per hour/month/year.
Of all the different variations out there I have narrowed it down to 2 ! I will not list them in order of best to worst or anything like that because they are both great in their own way but are better suited for different situations. For example a fishnet tee-shirt would be great for a gay pride parade, but if your trying to avoid a sun burn its not really the best choice.
The P3 Kill A Watt : Not only does it have a super fancy name, but it also has a plethora of different ways to display the data collected, and in general is the more useful of the bunch. The best feature is the battery backup so you can unplug it from the wall and read the info with it in your hand , not on the wall. My personal choice.
The Belkin Conserve Insight: A very simple design with a break down of price per month/year to run the item, total consumed watts, and how much CO2 is produced by the item no matter the source of the power be it natural gas, coal or solar panels on your roof ( which would be 0, so it is not very accurate)
-Also the read out comes on a 6 foot long chord for ease of reading display. Big plus!
Now, after using your fancy new gadgets to figure out what is costing you the most on your monthly bill you should get a SECOND one and plug it into the first to find how much power it is using to find out how much power is being used. OR just don't worry about that and go get a smart power strip and plug in the power hungry items.
Rage against the power company!