This article will teach you how to properly monitor the energy usage in your home through the use of home energy monitors.
Does it feel like you’re paying for a vacation in Hawaii every time you see your power bill? Well, you’re probably using way more power than you think you are. Blame it on the device age; from smart speakers to pool filters and phones. Some of these gadgets use power even when you’ve switched them off, resulting in extravagant energy bills.
According to reports, about a quarter of the power used in American households is spent on vampire power which costs Americans up to $3 billion a year. When you consider the tons of appliances in a single standard home, these phantom energy suckers and vampires can easily cost you hundreds of dollars per year.
But you can stop these energy leaks by monitoring how much each appliance uses and turn off the unnecessary ones. Here’s how.
How to Use a Home Energy Usage Monitor
A home energy monitor connects to the electrical panel in your home to monitor how much energy you use and reveals the patterns of energy use.
The best models also provide you with how much power you use when gadgets are plugged in but not in use. This includes how much each gadget uses. You only need to attach it to your electrical panel or meter box.
This device can also be connected to your internet connection to provide real time data on how much energy you’re using. You can also choose to receive bulk info through daily, weekly, monthly or yearly energy consumption reports.
This info helps you to break down your electricity bill instead of paying for lump sums without understanding exactly how your utility provider arrived at the figure. Also, you can get alerts when you accidentally leave a light on and you can switch it off from wherever you are with smart lighting controls.
How to Choose the Best Smart Home Energy Monitor
Because every home is different, you need to find an energy monitor that works for you. Some devices, for example, allow you to create personalized budgets and objectives, while others just provide the energy consumption records. Here are the features that matter the most.
Your Home’s Set-up
Most home energy monitoring systems are compatible with a variety of household electricity voltages – 120, 208, or 240V. Some systems will only be compatible with split-phase households.
Ability to Connect with other Devices
Your energy monitoring system must link with your home’s Wi-Fi to allow a seamless integration.
For example, the Sense Home Energy automatically identifies other devices in your home and lets you name them. With this energy monitor’s app, you can get alerts about these devices including the ones you leave running, as well as updates on energy consumption each month.
The Ecoisme Home Energy Monitor not only tracks your energy consumption but allows you to control it remotely.
Capacity to Track Solar Production and Energy Usage
Whether you have a solar panel or not, an efficient energy monitoring system should be able to track your solar production to help you find out whether you’re solar ready. It will also help you determine the size of a solar PV system when you decide to get one.
The Neurio Home Electricity Monitor is solar-ready, monitors your solar performance, and helps you identify and plan for your future energy storage requirements.
A home energy monitoring system with an interactive interface makes it easy for you to read and understand the report. Graphs and diagrams are easier to understand than just statements and numeric figures. It’s important to find out exactly where you’re losing most of your energy. The CURB Home Energy Monitoring System gives you detailed reports on each appliance.
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