Home Energy Monitoring
Energy is Expensive,
Until you Automate.
Our Show Home has 2 Adults, 5 Children and 2 Dogs under 1 Roof
Step One: Identify the High Energy Items.
The first thing we thought about after getting our $400.00 Austin Energy bill was to add solar panels, but instead of jumping the gun and throwing large amounts of money at the problem we decided to get smarter and do our homework on why our energy bill was so high.
We installed a smart Home Energy Meter and ran an Energy Audit on all devices inside the show home. We keep the "Total Home Wattage" displayed on an iPad in our kitchen to show our usage to everyone in real time.
Hot Water Heater - 4,500 Watts
Hot Water Circulation - 200 Watts
Lighting and Fans - 3,500 Watts
TV and Entertainment - 800 Watts
HVAC - 5,000 Watts
Coffee Pot - 900 Watts
Home Office - 300 Watts
Washer and Dryer - 6000 Watts
TOTAL - 21,200 Watts
*The image below is of our Energy feedback page
for iPad or iPhone
Below is the energy graph provided to us by Austin Energy AFTER we Automated the items listed above.
We added an (iPhone/iPad Controlled) hot water heater and circulation controller and scheduled these items to come back online
2 hours before our shower and laundry times.
We replaced our standard electric clothes dryer with an LG gas heated dryer and replaced our standard washer machine with an LG energy star washer.
We realized that we always forget to turn off our coffee pot so we integrated an additional load control module to turn the outlet off after 10am
We swapped out 50 standard light bulbs
(60-100 Watts each) and replaced them with LED light bulbs (6 watts each) and added Occupancy Sensors to turn lights off when no one is in certain areas.
We automated our HVAC system to hold temperature around 78 degrees
(Instead of 72) during the day and lower temperature only when areas were occupied.
We used to keep our office running all night and wake it up in the morning. We now shut all machines and monitors down everyday at 6pm.
Questions about lowering your energy bill? Call Pete's Cell at 512-785-0032