Nearly every american householder is complaining these days about his electric bills, constantly growing because of the "fuel surcharge" imposed by electric companies due to the higher cost of oil.
TRANSCRIPT: KVOA: "THIS LITTLE BLACK BOX CAN SAVE YOU ..."
"... REPORTING FROM TUCSON, ARIZONA."
50367, TUCSON, ARIZONA. HE'S THE INVENTOR)
DARRELL STRONG NBC NEWS CHICAGO
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Background: Nearly every american householder is complaining these days about his electric bills, constantly growing because of the "fuel surcharge" imposed by electric companies due to the higher cost of oil. But an inventor in Arizona has come up with a gadget that may enable cost-conscious home owners to trim the use of electrical appliances that consume too much current. The device is plugged into an appliance and immediately shows on a dial how much amperage the appliance is consuming. Then, you manipulate an arm on a second dial to match the price you are being charged for current in your area. Simple arithmetic determines how expensive -- or comparatively cheap -- your appliance is in operation costs. Theses can be considerable in the average all-electric american home, where electricity runs the oil burner and its pumps; the refrigerator, hot water heater, dishwasher, clothes, washer and drier, television, radio, clocks, phonograph, and, of course, house lights and air-conditioning.
The arizona money-saving gadget costs twenty dollars. It has already one family sixty dollars a month in electric bills.
THIS LITTLE BLACK BOX CAN SAVE YOU MONEY ON YOUR UTILITY BILL. IT'S CALLED THE ELECTRIC POWER GUIDE METER AND WAS INVENTED BY DON MORRIS, A TUCSONAN WHO WANTED TO KNOW WHICH HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES WERE CAUSING HIS UTILITY BILL TO SKY ROCKET.
MAG IN " WE CAN TAKE THE METER OUT"TO USE THE ELECTRIC FRYING PAN. BY USING THE POWER METER AND BEING SELECTIVE IN WHICH APPLIANCES THEY USE, THE MORRIS' HAVE CUT THEIR UTILITY BILL BY 60 DOLLARS A MONTH.
MAG IN "WELL I BELIEVE IF PEOPLE OUT" AND SAVE MONEY."
THE POWER GUIDE METER WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EIGHT TO TEN WEEKS, FOR A COST AROUND 20 DOLLARS. AND WITH UTILITY RATES CONTINUING TO RISE, MORRIS DOESN'T SEE HOW IT CAN FAIL. A.G. RPTG. FROM TUCSON. AZ.