I want to measure and test things in my life (home, car, etc.) for maximum efficiency, thrift, and measuration, which is a word I just made up to combine measurements and data wankery. What measurements can I make and what fun tools do I need to buy?
So, there's the Kill-a-Watt
and Belkin Conserve
for measuring electric use, and the Automatic
, the dongle that connects to your car's OBD port to give some driving metrics (I have an old car that doesn't compute MPG, so this would be new info, although there are some qualms with that particular product). Or just a regular OBD tester.
Those would be the obvious choices.
But then there's something like a draft detector
or an infrared leak detector
. Or a SPL meter
(I have a Radio Shack one). I'm not just looking at utility efficiency, but that's an easy application.
What are some other things I can be testing around the house and car (or work!), preferably that could result in some virtuous changes in usage or cost? I should perhaps add I'm not just looking to create a catalogue of kitchen utensils by weight, or of the diameters of condiment bottles; I'd like a useful measurement, not measurements for measurements' sake.
Notwithstanding a desire to save some money in the long term, a cool gadget (of non-extravagant cost) is welcome. Easy iOS or Apple integration a plus. (I'm renting, so I can't make invasive changes, but feel free to mention things I can take advantage of if/when we buy a place...)