Want to save money on your energy costs?
Doesn't everyone? When you look around the house, what's one
of your biggest expenses? Many homeowners would say energy costs, which can
run into the thousands of dollars each year! Fortunately, there are smart
devices available that can help.
Remember that quote by Sir William
Thompson, "If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it"? With electricity
monitoring, it has been proven that the more granular measurements are, the
easier it is for consumers to make energy-management decisions which turns out
to be the least expensive way of reducing energy usage and lowering your bills.
Simply knowing detailed information about your electricity usage can lead to
behavior changes which can save three to twelve percent off your bill. Think
about it, if you could identify the "energy vampires" in your home, would you
change how you use those devices?
Electricity Monitoring Systems
There are different types of electricity monitoring systems
available today. Two of these types involve installing equipment inside the
electrical panel in your home and connecting a device to your home’s router to
facilitate internet access.
- Method A - involves installing
components known as Current Transducers (CTs)
around the main electrical lines coming into the house. This will measure total
electricity being consumed by ALL circuits in the home.
- Method B -
involves the same thing as Method A but adds additional CTs around circuits of interest. This allows you to
also monitor additional electricity usage for things like:
- electric hot
- electric baseboard radiators
Costs of the systems vary, but can typically run from $400 to over $1,000. And, they usually require a licensed electrician to install the devices into the electrical panel.
Once the devices are installed, real-time and historical data can be viewed
online or through a mobile app. Information like energy trends and estimates
for your next utility bill can also be provided.
information readily available can allow you to make informed choices about
electricity usage, which will translate into real cost savings!
Would you change behavior if you could save $?
With information in your
hands, now you can see how those "normal" things you do in the house translate
to electricity usage. The systems referred to above could tell you how much
energy you use for the:
- porch light you left on in the evenings when
- refrigerator door you leave open while getting all the
ingredients for dinner
- dehumidifier that's "stuck" on in the
- lights the kids left on when they went to school
- long, hot showers your teenagers take
If you knew how much
these things cost, would you change your behavior?
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