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New Year's Resolution: Monitor Your Electricity Usage!

First of all, Happy New Year! We’re all recovering from a relaxing and, for some of us, pretty exciting holiday break, but we’re psyched to be back online and amped up to help all of our readers find new, unique, exciting and effective ways to save energy over the coming year, which we hope you’ll all be enjoying in cozy, healthy homes. 

While the hour for New Year’s Resolutions has come and gone, we got to thinking about one that makes it onto a lot of folks’ lists – spending less money in the coming year.  A great way to achieve this resolution is to insall an energy monitor in your home.  After all, how can you determine whether you’re spending more or less money on your utility bills if you have no way to measure your energy consumption? 

Heard about energy monitoring, but not sure how it works? Well, there are basically three types of energy monitors; while none of them will directly impact your energy bill, we’ve found that the presence of an in-your-face display (or an online display that’s easily accessible) has a real behavioral impact that can lead to significant savings. If you notice, for example, that your home is using more electricity than usual, you’re apt to go around and turn off a few lights. 

The three types of monitors are: 


1) The basic whole-house monitor, which measures how much total electricity your home is consuming at a given moment. The Blue Line is a good example of this type. 

2) Circuit-by-circuit monitors, which monitor how much electricity individual circuits are using throughout your house, allowing for in-depth analysis of your home’s power consumption. The Powerhouse Dynamics eMonitor is an example of a circuit-by-circuit monitor.

3) Individual appliance monitors, which measure how much electricity a specific device is using, and how much it’s costing you.

Without further ado, if you’re one of those who’s eager to reduce your footprint and take some pain out of your utility bills this year, here are a few of our favorite energy monitors to help get you started: 

The Powerhouse Dynamics eMonitor

emonitorThe Powerhouse Dynamics eMonitor is the most advanced home energy monitor on the market today. It monitors your home’s electricity consumption circuit-by-circuit, and the sleek online dashboard gives you a ton of data, so you can determine where your home is using the most energy, and take steps to reduce it. It also provides month-over-month comparisons, analysis of vampire power, and a whole bunch of other cool information about your electricity consumption. The downside: it’s a bit tricky to install, so it’s a better fit for new construction than for existing homes. Feel free to give us a shout if you have any questions about it and we’d be happy to chat.

The Blue Line Powercost Monitor (Wi-Fi Edition)

If the Powerhouse Dynamics eMonitor is the Cadillac of energy monitors, the Blue Line with Wi-Fi is the Smart Car. It’s affordable, easy to install, super useful, and super sleek. 

While the standard Blue Line Powercost Monitor is a solid energy monitoring product in itself, the benefit of wi-fi compatability blue line powercost monitor with wifiis that you can access your data from anywhere – on vacation, for example, you can check to make sure you didn’t leave any lights on (or that burglars didn’t enter the house). You can view data from a computer, tablet, or mobile device; and it’s all in one place, easy to read and easy to understand. Smart stuff. 

The Blue Line Powercost Monitor (Standard Version)

The Blue Line Powercost Monitor without Wi-Fi is a great option for the casual New-Years-Resolutioner just dipping their toes into energy monitoring. Coming it at under 100 bucks, it’s easy to install, and easy to use. A handheld, wireless monitor allows you to view your home’s energy consumption in real-time anywhere in the house, and, should you choose to upgrade, you can always add the wi-fi module later on. 

The Owl Electricity Monitor

the owl energy monitorThe Owl is a stripped down, easy-to-use whole-house energy monitor. It has a nice clean display which, if not overburdened by massive amounts of data, requires a simple input of electricity rates and consistently displays an accurate reading of your total energy consumption, and the amount of dough it’s costing you and your family. It doesn’t have any of the online data storage that the Blue Line Wifi and the eMonitor have, but it’s also a lot less expensive. Wicked easy to install, too. 

Be sure to check out the rest of the cool energy monitoring products we have in stock, and feel free to get a hold of us with any questions about what the best electricity monitor for you might be. We’re happy to help. 

Oh, and best of luck in the New Year, whatever your resolutions are.

Here’s a quick video that explains how easy it is to install a Blue Line Powercost monitor:


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