Getting some feedback can help you save your energy costs

Published Monday August 22nd, 2011

A home energy monitor is a wall-mounted device that displays a readout of the amount and cost of power being used at any given moment. In other words, it provides instant feedback: If you turn on a power hog like a clothes dryer, you’ll see dollars and kilowatt-hours flash by on the display in real time. Before long, you’ll have a pretty good idea of how much everything uses and what’s really running up your bill, and then you can take action. It’s estimated that home energy monitors can result in power bill savings of up to 15 per cent.

Some meters, such as GE’s Energy Monitoring Dashboard, must be wired directly into new homes. Others, such as the PowerCost Monitor by Blueline Innovations of Newfoundland (www.bluelineinnovations.com), are available at hardware stores and can be installed easily in any home.

In the future, you’ll be able to monitor and adjust your home’s power consumption from anywhere using an online service such as Google’s free Powermeter (www.google.com/powermeter/about)

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