I can’t say enough about this little device. It does exactly what it claims to do. Everything that had a plug got to undergo the scrutiny of the Kill-a-Watt power usage monitor. Some interesting things were discovered, such as the rated power consumption of CFLs versus the actual power consumption, and that a microwave rated power output is not the same as power consumption; the 700 W microwave in the cabin consumes around 1135 W under standard usage. Another interesting find was that all of our entertainment devices, on a common power strip, consume about 15 W on standby. By using a remote outlet switch (which consumes less than 1 W) we can eliminate most of the phantom load.
My findings: Kill-a-Watt readings
No light bulb was left unmeasured either. Mom’s lamp was perfectly suited for testing light bulbs of all sizes (below: a 23 W and a 65 W rated CFL).