Thursday, February 16, 2012

Monitoring Your Energy Consumption

As energy becomes more expensive and we use more and more electronic devices, the need to get some sort of control over our energy consumption is become more prevalent.  This is true for businesses and homes alike.  Fortunately there are some clever solutions out there to help.

Eragy is a system that will run in conjunction with the Control4 system and an energy monitoring device.  Eragy allows you to keep an eye on your energy consumption to anticipate your upcoming bill, and adjust your consumption as required.  All this information is available to you on your TV, computer or mobile device.

For a more detailed look at where your electricity is going, Powerhouse Dynamics is a system that analyses your energy use on a circuit by circuit basis.  If your fridge isn't performing as well as it should, or you forgot to turn down the furnace when you left for work, Powerhouse can email you and allow you to correct the situation remotely.

If recent home shows I've attended are any indication, this segment of the industry is only going to grow, although the irony of using an electronic device to monitor energy consumption is not lost on me.  Even BC Hydro is joining the party with their Smart Meter programme.  But however it's done, the message is clear.  Saving energy, or more explicitly using less, is here to stay.

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