You probably already know that cutting your electricity bills is as simple as adjusting your thermostat, washing laundry in cold water and unplugging devices when you leave for the day. But just how much are you saving? Could you save more?
With a home energy monitor, you can save energy and money by visually tracking energy usage as it occurs. People that have installed a home energy monitor have realized up to 25% savings on monthly electricity bills, which quickly adds up. By seeing just how much energy is wasted, homeowners can adjust their lifestyles to reduce electricity usage, save money, and also cut their carbon footprint.
Its like sticking to a diet by weighing yourself daily!
Home energy monitors illustrate peak electricity consumption and give a running energy usage meter. Some models store this information so you can reference back (let’s say – after you receive your electricity bill) to determine variations in your power demands from month-to-month, and season to season.
We found this great article on Cooler Planet that compares available models of home energy monitors. Among the various energy monitors on the market are the following:
1. TED The Energy Detective 5000 Series
The makers of TED 5000 (Energy Inc.) provide an integrated software platform called Google Power Meter. Consumers can check out a visual report of energy usage patterns. The price varies from 200-$500, depending on features. You can track historical data and even project monthly bills and follow the usage on your computer or mobile device. If you have residential solar panels, the 5000 series also allows you to integrate your solar system’s electrical generation and your consumption.
2. Blue Line Powercost Monitor
The Powercost Monitor includes a Sensor Unit, attached directly to your power meter, and a wireless LCD display for inside your home. The monitor is about $100, and includes integrated software, compatible with Google or Microsoft, to track your energy usage and store data. The system is easy to install, and does not require an electrician’s expertise to set up.
3. Kill-a-Watt Wireless
For people looking to pinpoint which appliances are using the most energy, consider installing Kill a Watt Wireless. The sensor can be plugged into any appliance (like your television or refrigerator), and you can determine how much wattage you are consuming. You can even see the carbon footprint of the appliance!
4. Wattson by DIY KYOTO
This energy-monitoring device glows different colors according to the level of your consumption. How much easier can it be to see if you are in a “green light” mode (low energy use), or “red light” (lots of energy being used). This might be my favorite of the bunch. Wattson can store 28 days of energy usage history, and you can also easily download data to compare monthly statistics. Consider joining the online Wattson community to share information from your monitor, plus and tips and tricks about scaling back energy usage.