Save Energy and Money with Power Management Tools
Did you know that you are still paying for the energy that your electronics and appliances use even when they are turned off? The good news is that you can save energy and money with these power management tools:
Advanced Power Strip
An advanced power strip centralizes and manages the power that your electronics and appliances use by shutting off stand-by or “vampire load” that is consumed when those electronics and appliances are turned off. This simple, affordable device is a smarter version of the traditional power strip. When you plug in, for example, your television, DVD player, home stereo and gaming consoles into an advanced power strip, you can cut the power to all these products whenever you turn off your TV.
Setting up your advanced power strip is easy. Do you have a clock, cable box or other product that you need to have on all the time? Simply plug it into the “always on” outlet on the advanced power strip. Then plug in a product that you switch on and off, like a television or computer, into the “control” outlet. Any accessories that you use with your television and computer can be plugged into the remaining outlets on the strip. Whenever you turn your TV or computer on or off, the accessories will power up or down at the same time. Advanced power strips offer a variety of features.
Home energy management systems (HEMS) are products or services that you can use to monitor, analyze, and/or control energy use in your home or remotely with mobile apps and Web platforms. Educating yourself about your home’s energy usage is the first step to reducing energy use and costs.
Energy monitors can help you identify how much energy you use. By conducting a self-audit with an energy monitor, you’ll quickly learn what’s happening in your home and how you can become more efficient. You can monitor an individual outlet or your entire home with an energy or power monitor.
HEMS often fall under the umbrella of “smart home” devices. Depending on the set-up, they may control a single appliance or be integrated as part of a larger HEMS network. These systems and devices can monitor and control lighting, heating and cooling, appliances, home entertainment systems, and home security.
Smart home products and platforms are gaining traction because they offer various benefits including energy and cost savings. It is a secure way to monitor and control your energy usage from inside or outside of the home. If you have or are interested in a home security system, most systems have features or modules that can add energy management.
You have options for installing HEMS. HEMS are available at most big-box, hardware, and electronics stores if you want to install them yourself. If you need assistance, talk to your builder, electrician, or certified installer to select the system that best meets your needs, or ask your security system provider about energy-saving services.
What's the easiest way to save more than $200 on your energy bill without sacrificing comfort? Install and properly use a programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat offers pre-programmed and customized settings to regulate your home's temperature when you are home, asleep or away. You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you're awake and setting it lower while you're asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill -- a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long. The percentage of savings from setback is greater for buildings in milder climates than for those in more severe climates.
Timers and Switches
Use timers, switches and other devices to automatically start or stop kitchen appliances, lighting and home office equipment. You can find timers in a variety of types and prices at a retailer near you.
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