There are some outside the outlet devices that can measure power going through outlets like these: enter image description here

But it's pretty massive and 70s looking. Has internet of things permeated to power usage yet?


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Yes, If you Google "Smart outlets" and similar phrases you will find outlet replacement products that can be used to monitor the power usage of individual outlets.

With the {proprietary product name}, controlling and monitoring the power usage in your home has never been easier.

The {other product name} is the first intelligent plug boasting Air technology.
- Powerful and switchable
- Integrated temperature sensor
- In-built energy and power consumption monitor

I'm not mentioning specific product names here because this isn't an advertising forum and because the actual products available depend on where you are and what year you are reading this.

CNet seem to have reviewed some - only a few do energy monitoring, most are smartphone controlled switches.

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    ah! 'smart outlet' and not 'power outlet usage measurement device thingy' is the search term I'm looking for. Thanks!
    – xster
    Jan 29, 2016 at 22:34

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