There are several ways you can monitor your energy usage. The first step is to understand how and where you are consuming energy in your home or business.
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Implementing energy-efficient technology and practices in your home or business will reduce your annual utility bill by anywhere from 5% to 25% on average.
Your energy savings are accomplished by directly reducing electricity use from installing more efficient appliances or preventing unnecessary energy waste. For example, when heat is lost from ineffective insulation.
Perhaps one of the most common examples of reducing energy consumption is done with your hot water heater.
The low-tech method is adding or updating the Insulation of your water heater.
The high-tech method is installing a water heater smart controller, which is a device that allows you to control the temperature of your hot water heater in a more efficient and intelligent way. This device can be used to save energy and money by monitoring the water temperature in your home and automatically adjusting it to the most efficient setting.
The water heater smart controller works by monitoring the temperature of the water in the tank and then adjusting the thermostat to the most efficient setting. This way it can save you money on energy costs by only using the energy necessary to heat the water to the desired temperature.
The device is typically connected to a water heater via a series of wires. This allows the device to monitor the temperature and then adjust the thermostat accordingly. It can also be connected to other devices such as sensors or home automation systems. This allows the device to be controlled remotely, meaning you can turn the water heater on and off from anywhere.
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Below are three methods to reduce your short-term and long-term energy consumption.
1) Use Smart Power Strips
Electric power consumed by products when they are switched off or in a standby mode is known as standby power.
Did you know that if your TV, computer, and other appliances are plugged in, they are quietly draining electricity - all day, every day - even when they are turned off?
When you use a power strip it's easy to flip off the power strip when these items are not in use, they are truly off.
Another way to reduce this phantom energy consumption is to simply turn off your appliances and electronics to reduce your standby power load.
2) Install Programmable or Smart Thermostat
This device can be set to automatically turn off or reduce heating and cooling during the times when you are asleep or away. When you install a smart thermostat, you can help reduce the energy you use from heating and cooling without upgrading your HVAC system.
3) Review Your HVAC System
An HVAC system consists of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment. Replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with ENERGY STAR-certified equipment can cut your annual energy bill by nearly $140. Whether you select heat pumps or a natural gas furnace, you’ll want to ensure the HVAC equipment you choose is sufficient for your climate. You may be eligible for a cash rebate when purchasing this equipment, as us how.
The Department of Energy reminds us that heating and cooling a home uses more energy than any other system. They point out that 40% of a home utility bill typically goes to heating and cooling expenses. The good news is that with proper equipment maintenance and upgrades to appropriate insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, it's highly likely your energy use for heating and cooling will drop from 20% to 50%.