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Neurio makes your circuit breaker smart (pictures)

Neurio may look pretty basic, but this smart gizmo gives you a real-time look into your home's energy usage.

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Neurio is a simple-looking black gizmo that connects to your circuit breaker and delivers real-time energy readings.

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One Neurio costs $249 in the US and roughly £160 in the UK (at the current exchange rate).

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No availability has been announced for Australia.

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It has a complex installation that should be done by an experienced DIYer or a professional.

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But, once it's set up, Neurio is easy to use.

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It comes with Android and iOS mobile apps as well as a Web app.

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Both provide immediate power usage information in watts (W) and energy usage information in kilowatt-hours (kWh).

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That way, you can see how much energy you're using at any given time.

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And you can also see how much one appliance, light or other device can change the overall reading.

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Neurio also shows an itemized usage summary for appliances over 400W, so you can see exactly how your A/C, oven, toaster or other device is affecting your consumption and monthly bill.

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