Home Energy Management Saves Money
According to the Department of Energy , the average energy expenditure per person in the United States is about $3,460. In order to reduce these costs, the Alliance to Save Energy has recommended a number of energy saving apps for smart phones. Reducing energy consumption is also good for the entire planet, because so much energy comes from fossil fuels, which contribute to climate change. One free app was created by the Dept. of Energy and is available for download from the iTunes store…..read on to discover the details!
Apps for Home Energy Management:
In the old days the only tool available to help with home energy management was your electricity meter. Fortunately today we have some more modern technology!
Kill-UR Watts is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. iOS 4.3 or later is required. It allows residential energy consumers to track and manage their electricity consumption over time. First time users of this type of app may be surprised to see how much electricity they are using. When they do, strategies for reducing consumption can be put in place, and the app can be used to review how effective they are. A major advantage to using this app is that it is free, so people who are reluctant or skeptical can try it without having to pay anything. In fact, this free app may help them save money and make a positive contribution to the environment at the same time. There is also a FaceBook page where app updates are made.
If you are already on-board with the energy savings movement, there is an app for purchase called Green Outlet. It has been recommended by ecogadget.com TreeHugger, and DailyTekk.com. For less than a dollar, this app allows you to document which home appliances are consuming the most energy. Based on these measurements, you can then make changes to reduce energy consumption. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. iOS 3.1.2 is required or later.
Home Energy Management with Opower:
Opower home energy management systems can help you manage your energy use much more efficiently….
Another company called Opower has helped save over 2 million kilowatt-hours with their integrated energy management systems. They have a goal of saving homeowners $200 million.
One estimate says for home air conditioning systems, raising the temperature one-degree results in energy savings of 3 – 5 percent. That means increasing the temperature on the thermostat when you leave the house for extended periods. Some people believe they should allow the air conditioning to remain on in order to maintain a cool temperature all the time, but air conditioners work more efficiently when running fully for shorter periods. (Using fans can make air temperatures feel about 3 – 5 degrees cooler, according to EnergyStar.gov.)
You will be able to notice energy efficiency improvements if you use apps or some kind of home monitoring system. Opower makes such a system with an app that allows you to control your home thermostat remotely. The advantage of this capability is that you can check your home temperature and thermostat setting with your smart phone. If you left the air conditioning or heat on, you can adjust it accordingly in order to reduce energy consumption and save energy. The Opower system also displays your home’s internal temperature, energy consumption and cost of that usage.
Another benefit of Opower’s technology is integration with utility power systems, meaning they work with power companies to help them achieve greater efficiency at the grid level, and for customers.
So, whether it is interfacing with Smart Meters, allowing homeowners to monitor their energy usage and remotely control home thermostats or collaborating with utility companies, Opower is well-positioned to thrive in the energy marketplace.
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Home Energy Management Saves Money
This is a Guest Post by Angie Picardo who is a writer for Nerdwallet, a personal finance website that provides money-saving advice on green homes and finding the best options for Miami airport parking.