Gone are the days when we trusted the electricity company blindly to give us a bill at the end of the month for using their services for a stipulated period. With governments around the world becoming more energy conscious, the need has arisen for the advent of high tech utilities that would help individuals find out which appliances in their home consume more power and economize appropriately. Accordingly, here are some utilities that have already made a mark in the market and show great potential to change the way the common person views electricity and the energy source behind it.
These meters replace your traditional energy meters and let you find out about your energy consumption on a moment-to-moment basis. The device would capture this information as well and project it in the form of a graph so that you know the intervals when you consume the most power, thereby helping you create an effective energy consumption plan for your house.
Peak On/Off Pricing System
The basic principle of this system is to charge consumers more during the peak hours of the day and comparatively lesser during the dull hours. For instance, you would need to pay more towards energy consumption if you tend to use more power during the peak evening hour, say somewhere between seven and nine P.M. On the other hand, you will need to pay less even if you use more power during the dull afternoons when everyone is at office, thereby reducing consumption of power significantly.
Kill a Watt Device
It would be difficult for most of us to pinpoint that one appliance (or a few) that is consuming the most power. Fortunately, the “Kill a Watt Device” would help you with that. Plug the device in between the appliance and the power socket and it would let you know exactly how much power that appliance consumes. This would in turn help you plan on how to save money on energy consumption better.
Smart Power Strips
Some of us tend to leave all the systems connected to the home entertainment unit on, thereby adding up the power that we consume on a monthly basis. The Smart Strip would make switching off these systems, one after the other, easier. This energy saving device simply switch off all the peripherals automatically once your switch off your TV.
Infrared Thermal Leak Detector
At times, weak spots, leaks, holes or drafts in the insulation can lead to air conditioning or heating leaking out in the summers and winters respectively. This would in turn, increase energy consumption reflected in the huge bill we receive at the end of the month. Fixing these leaks, holes and drafts is easier said than done. You would have to detect them first, a task that is not easy at all. However, the Infrared Thermal Leak Detector would make it possible. Install it in your house and you can immediately find out all the leaky spots that are causing your house to consume more energy.
Home Energy Controller
This is a more elaborate control system that helps connect all the utility outputs in the house to one main controller. Once you press the green button on the controller, you can instruct it to do what you want, including switching off devices that are in the standby mode, turning down the temperature in certain areas, etc. And you can do all this from one place, thereby saving your energy as well as the energy used by your house in the process.
If you are becoming increasingly energy conscious, here are some new high-tech utilities that can help you monitor and reduce the energy consumed in your home.