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Electricity monitor could save pounds.

A SELF-confessed green cynic says he has found himself on course to saving around pounds 400 on his annual electricity bill thanks to a clever little gadget.

Cognitive behavioural therapist Emilio Carmine, aged 43, from Malvern, Worcester discovered the OWL Wireless Electricity Monitor and purports it has changed his energy-wasting ways for the better.

The OWL attaches to your electricity mains supply and transmits real-time information to a wireless monitor, so you can gauge to the exact penny how much energy you're using at any given time.

Emilio said he came across the device by accident when browsing an online mail order catalogue and bought it out of curiosity.

He said: "I've never been an activist of green causes. I've always sat on the fence.

"That said, I'd gladly go for sensible, cost-effective solutions that promote eco-living so long as they are practical enough to not create upheaval or lessen the quality of mine and my family's life.

"Everything I use in my house is electric - from the stove I use to cook my dinner to the heating I use to keep the place warm.

"Since installing it, the OWL has changed my energywasting ways for the better.

"I've managed to get my quarterly bills down from pounds 325 to pounds 279 but I know I can do much better than that. The important thing I've realised is that you don't have to turn off the heat during these long wintry spells to save money on your energy bills.

"It's all about using electricity wisely by keeping a close eye on it."

Studies have shown that those who have an electricity monitor save more money on their electricity bills than those without.

The OWL costs pounds 35 and is available from www.theowl. com.

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