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Re: Picking out the energy hogs
  • 4/20/2014 12:37:55 PM
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I imagine the TV doesn't suck as much energy up as the temperature-related appliances in your home. Space-heaters, toasters, refrigerators, blow driers... the things that tussle with room temperature cost us the most.

Picking out the energy hogs
  • 4/12/2014 3:54:06 PM
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Really interesting blog, Michael... thanks for sharing your home data and what it did to your appliance usage and consumption habits. I notice big spikes in my energy bill when I have to heat an office with an electrical space heater; similarly, my flat-screen TV is a big energy hog. Are you looking to replace/decommission any other appliances as a result of what your energy data show?

Re: Coincidence? I think not
  • 4/11/2014 4:16:11 PM
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That makes sense -- and the energy savings make a huge difference, so the tradeoff is probably more than worthwhile. Now that your usage patterns are well-documented, does the utility company or the service provider offer you incentives or discounts to run appliances during certain hours, or make other efficiency suggestions?

Re: Coincidence? I think not
  • 4/11/2014 9:45:30 AM
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Hi Michael,

I agree - probably not a coincidence. Our system is also mobile app enabled and my wife checks it pretty regularly on her iPad and iPhone. I usually don't because I know she is doing it and it's one of those divide & conquer things.

In terms of direct access to our data, it's ourselves, our service provider and the hardware vendor for the system that has access to the data. We understand privacy concerns are a current issue, but we're not too concerned about who sees what (or I would not have put screenshots in my blog post).

Thanks!
JB

Coincidence? I think not
  • 4/10/2014 1:27:45 PM
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Thanks for this first-hand account, John. I blogged about the Internet of Things yesterday, pointing out that "connected homes" is a fast-growing market. Do you also have home monitoring/control built in to some central console that resides on your smartphone? Do you know who has access to your energy usage data and how it's being used?

These are just some of the questions that come up when we start talking about instrumented home appliances.



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