If you’re looking for ways to use energy more efficiently and save on your utility bills, consider a home energy monitor which allows you to see real-time electricity usage. Metering your energy consumption is just the first step in an energy management program. Other steps include –
Analyzing data and finding ways to save energy by replacing inefficient appliances, lights and even insulation.
Taking action. Once you have the data, you need to act.
Tracking progress by analyzing meter data to see how well your energy-saving efforts are working.
There are several monitoring programs/systems available. Most are simple to use and provide homeowners with accurate metering of their energy usage. Here is a look at a few –
The Energy Detective: Known as “TED”, the Charleston, S.C.-based company says its system can save home owners 10-20 percent on their monthly electricity bill. With a free cloud-based application, you can monitor your total energy usage and that of individual circuits and appliances. You can receive real-time demand monitoring, instant text and email alerts and a log of your usage by minute, hour, day, and month. The company offers solutions for energy monitoring for both commercial and residential needs.
Sense: Sense installs in your home’s electrical panel and provides insight into your energy use and home activity through their iOS, Android, and web apps. It is quick to install and listens to the activity of all of the devices in your home whether they’re smart or not.
Neur.io: The Neurio Home Energy software system takes your data and provides you with real insights to make change. The system allows homeowners to see their energy usage and production in real-time, and it shows them actionable steps they can take to save money each month. If you utilize solar power, you can leverage their solar savings tracker to see how much money their solar investment is saving them in a given day, week or month. Best of all, the Neurio Home Energy system can be accessed by app or web 24/7.
CURB Energy Monitoring System: CURB plugs directly into your breaker panel, giving you real-time data on yoru energy consumption and production. It recognizes abnormal patterns of energy use, pointing to potential problems of your appliances or electrical system. It will also allow you to estimate your energy bill, allowing you to see the impact of your energy use on your wall in real time. The system cost will vary dependent upon the size and load of your system, but a basic Power Hub for most residential homes starts at $399 and requires an electrician to install it. Click here for more information on CURB.
At Hibbs Homes, we build homes to meet our clients’ priorities. For some clients, having a low-impact, energy efficient home is a high priority. As a St. Louis green home builder, every home we build is more energy efficient than other new homes – even without adding additional features. Our homes are just better built from the ground up. For those that wish to build to a higher level of energy efficiency – high performance home building standards, we have you covered.