Residential Power MonitoringAuthor - Mark Anderson
Living with soaring fuel prices, a difficult economy, and the emerging Smart Grid, I decided I would start to monitor and manage my power consumption when I rehabbed my 1912 house. The monitoring has been running for several months now, so did it make me a more eco-friendly citizen and did it save me money?
There's been lots of talk of the Smart Grid for several years and many utility companies have rolled out Smart Meters and accompanying utility plans. The core concept of the Smart Grid is that utility companies monitor power usage and, in return for cheaper electricity, you will allow the utility company to turn on and off certain circuits and/or appliances during peak demand periods. This has attractions for many. Some do it for the financial savings, while others do it for environmental reasons. Would I partake in such a scheme? In a word: No. Now that doesn't mean I have money to burn, nor does it mean that I don't care about the environment; although, I do have many friends whose philosophy is if we're all sailing on the Titanic, we may as well go first class. I have a small house and I'm already fairly responsible about the energy I use. Now if I had a 6,000 square foot home, with central air, hot-tub, pool, etc., I may be inclined increase the temperature in certain areas of the house, or turn off the heat to the hot-tub/pool during peak demand periods in return for savings. But would I let the utility company shut-off the air when it's 100-degrees and humid? No way.Read the complete article at HomeToys.com