Energy Monitors – EnergyHub, Nucleus, Energy Detective
Posted by Norman Fong
Coming out over the past year, electronic monitoring devices show a computerized display of home power consumption. The only way to really know how to save electricity is by understanding how much power products actually use. Being able to see how much you are spending at any moment is a powerful motivational tool to save energy!
We have covered the inexpensive Kill a watt power meter in the past. Here are some more advanced energy monitoring solutions.
EnergyHub Home Base
Home Base is an energy-monitoring control panel that lets you monitor your home’s energy use and allows you to control heating and cooling systems, as well as other appliances. This unit features a touch screen interface that directly communicates with smart meters. It can give you an estimate of how much your electricity usage is costing and help you reduce it. This system costs about $400.
General Electric Nucleus System
This advanced energy monitoring system is designed to work with smart meters to report energy usage, estimated cost, and to allow remote control of heating and cooling systems. This system also works with smartphones. A future version will not require a smart meter.
Wiser Energy Management System
The Wiser Energy Management System is one example from France that informs the homeowner to make power adjustments by shutting down unused appliances. With installation, the Wiser system costs about $600 and will take away $60, or 20% off a $300 monthly power bill. In less than a year, the device is paid back from the energy savings.
The Energy Detective is a more powerful unit that can display energy use in a whole house or on a circuit by circuit basis. Datalogging software is available. It installs in your circuit breaker panel and has a remote LCD panel. Amazon sells it.
Black & Decker
Black & Decker also makes a energy monitor but it connects at the power meter. You need to make sure it is compatible with your meter. It costs about $100.
Measuring how much electricity you use is a great way to help you start saving energy. Being able to see the exact savings helps motivate you to perform additional energy-saving changes.
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