The PowerCost Monitor
Tests in Ontario and elsewhere have proven that householders who use real-time feedback can reduce electricity use by as much as five to 20 per cent. This is the advantage of having real-time feedback on your electricity.
Real-time feedback means real savings for you. Make the PowerCost Monitor
Helping You Save
Start saving on your electricity bill right away with a PowerCost Monitor
With A Powercost Monitor You’ll Be Able To See At a Glance:
The amount of electricity your home is using from moment to moment;
- The difference in electricity consumption caused by turning on and off the various electrical appliances in your home. The more electrical appliances you turn off, the lower the values displayed. The more appliances you turn on, the higher the values.
- The total amount of money you are spending on electricity.
And that means, not only are you saving on your electricity bill every month, but you’re also reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and reducing demand on the power grid.
You will also be able to see your peak energy cost within the last 24 hours. It also displays the time and outside temperature.* A battery indicator lets you know when your battery power is low and a signal indicator lets you know the strength of the signal being received from the Sensor Unit.
*Display temperature at meter location.
How It Works
An Innovative Approach to Energy Efficiency
The PowerCost Monitor
Your PowerCost Monitor
Includes Two Components: An easy to install Sensor Unit that you can simply attach to the outside of your electric utility meter. Once fastened in place, the sensor reads the amount of electricity the household is consuming in real-time and transmits the information wirelessly to the Power Monitor, located inside the home.
- A wireless, durable Power Monitor that resembles a small digital clock. With a range of up to 100ft from the sensor unit, you can place it just about anywhere in your home – in the kitchen, on your nightstand or conveniently placed on the wall in your hallway. Anytime of the day, you can look at your Power Monitor to see:
- How much electricity your home is using in real time;
- How much money you are spending on electricity as you consume it;
- The highest amount you spent on your energy usage in a 24 hour period;
- The time, the temperature at meter location, signal strength and the battery strength of both the display and sensor units.
The PowerCost Monitor
The PowerCost Monitor
Energy Efficiency Tips
This section contains excellent energy saving tips that can be incorporated into your daily lifestyle at little or no inconvenience to you. For more information, please visit the Government of Canada’s One-Tonne Challenge website. If you live in the United States, please visit the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Lower Your Thermostat. – If you have electrical heaters, for every 1°C (2°F) you lower your thermostat, you’ll save 2% on your heating bill. For optimal savings, reduce your thermostat by 3°C (5°F) at night and when you are away.
Use Caulking and Weather stripping – If you added up all the cracks and holes of exterior walls for a typical home, there would be a hole the size of a basketball in the side of your house. Caulking or weather-stripping to get rid of drafts and leaks can reduce your home heating needs by as much 20%. For maximum results, seal around windows and doors, baseboards, attic hatches, outdoor electrical outlets and switches.
Insulation, Insulation, Insulation – If not already done, it would be wise to adequately insulate your basement and attic. Using proper insulation in these two areas alone can reduce an electrical bill by as much as 30%.
Use Your Curtains Wisely – Keep your curtains open during the days in winter. This allows solar energy into your home and can save you up to 5% on your heating costs.
Remove Window Air Conditioners During Winter Months – If the air conditioners are fixed in place, seal them with caulking or tape and cover them with an airtight, insulated jacket to avoid heat loss.
Use Fans – Fans should always be your first line of defense against summer heat. A 60-watt ceiling fan costs between 8¢ and $1.50 per month to operate while an air conditioner can cost between $7 and $40 per month.
Set Your Air Conditioner – Set your air conditioner at 24°C and raise it when you go out. For each degree set below 24°C, you use 3-5% more energy. This recommended setting will give you the most comfort at the least cost.
Clean that Filter – You should clean your air conditioner every month. A dirty air filter reduces air flow and may damage the unit. Clean filters allow the unit to cool down quicker and use less energy.
If you are in the market for a new major appliance, always look for the ENERGY STAR® logo when shopping. This symbol identifies the most energy efficient appliances in each class. The improvements in appliances over the past decade have been significant. For example, a 2004 model refrigerator uses less than half of the electricity of a unit built 10 years ago.
Refrigerators and Freezers
Clean the refrigerator heating coils regularly. Also, keep the rubber door seals clean and tight. A good test to check the seal is to stick a sheet of paper between the door and refrigerator. If the paper slips out easily, the door is not sealed properly.
Unplug that second refrigerator or freezer. Unless you really need these appliances, they are a needless waste of energy and money, particularly if they are older, less-efficient models.
To increase the efficiency of the units, keep them away from heat sources (direct sunlight, heat vents, radiators) and appliances (stove, dishwasher) that can make them work harder to stay cool.
You should always select the dishwasher’s no-heat or air-drying cycle. Scrape off your dishes instead of rinsing them and only run the dishwasher when it’s completely full.
Washer and Dryer
You should always rinse your clothes in cold water. They’ll still come out as clean as if they were rinsed in hot water. Also, washing in warm rather than hot water uses 50% less energy per load.
The best energy saving tip with regards to your dryer is to use a clothes line in warmer months. At other times, do not over-dry the clothes. Most loads will dry in 40-60 minutes.
If you are looking for a new dryer, buy one with a moisture sensor. It will turn off automatically when clothes are dry. If you’re looking for a new washer, consider a front loading machine. It uses 40% less water than older models.
Install Outdoor Automatic Timers or Motion Sensors Automatic timers and motion sensors are great for a couple of reasons. First, you won’t have to remember to turn your outdoor lights on in the evening or off during the day. Second, a timer can cut your outdoor lighting energy use by up to half.
Use Florescent Light Bulbs. – Using only 5 fluorescent light bulbs can result in savings of $30 a year on your electrical bill.