What are the benefits of an energy monitor? If you’ve ever taken a close look at your electricity bill you know that it’s pretty light on information. Your bill will tell you 1) how much electricity you have used and 2) how much you’re being charged. Unfortunately, that’s about it.
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Sense is a small but powerful computer installed in your electrical panel by a licensed electrician, usually in less than 30 minutes. Using two clamp-on sensors and a 240v breaker, the Sense monitor samples current and voltage one million times per second to determine where your energy is going. Energy monitors can help you to be more energy efficient and cut your energy usage - find out more with uSwitch.
Let’s say you want to cut your energy use to save money or reduce your carbon footprint. To do that you either have to try to axe your unnecessary consumption as a whole, or simply guess which devices are heavy users.
Energy monitors exist to eliminate this guessing game. They connect to your circuit breaker and allow you to track your energy consumption with much finer detail, allowing you to put the axe away and cut your energy consumption with a scalpel instead. Appliance recognition Your appliances have unique ways of using electricity. Some energy monitors have an appliance recognition feature that plug into your circuit breakers, detect how appliances around your home are using electricity, make a quick judgment on the type of appliance that’s detected, and report on the actions of that specific appliance. Not all monitors have this feature, and even for those that do have it, the technology doesn’t always work perfectly. It’s usually easy for the monitor to detect differences between a TV and a refrigerator, but devices that use electricity in similar ways (think heating devices, like a toaster and a curling iron) may be more of a challenge.
Installation Unless you’re very familiar with your circuit breaker, we recommend consulting an electrician for installation. Many home energy monitors market themselves as do-it-yourself, but any project involving attaching a device to your circuit breaker will come with shock hazards. It’s true that bringing an electrician to your house for the installation will increase the total cost of the equipment, but once installed, the devices allow for significant savings. If you apply the learnings the energy monitor can provide, you can make up the upfront cost and the price of installation in no time. Sense: how do the top monitors stack up?
Two of the leading home energy monitors, and, have a few distinct characteristics to consider when comparing the two prodcuts. While the basics are the same, both are installed in your circuit breaker by attaching transformers to your power lines and allow real-time monitoring of consumption and generation, there are a few major differences. Perhaps the biggest differentiator for the Sense is its standard feature that allows appliance recognition. The longer and the more you use Sense, the better it will be at recognizing the signatures of the appliances around your home. Neurio allows you to upgrade to this feature, but it may not be as advanced as the Sense version. A new unique feature for Neurio allows you to control and monitor distributed storage systems, potentially enhancing the return on your storage investment.
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ASUS MB169 Screen Size (Inches) 15.6 Features • Portable 15.6-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 display with a USB Type-C connector (DP Alt mode) for user convenience and compatibility with future devices • Weighing just 0.8kg, it is the world’s lightest 15.6-inch companion display; it also has a super-slim 8.5mm profile • Features exclusive ASUS Ultra-Low Blue Light and QuickFit Virtual Scale Native Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080 Panel Technology TFT LCD Backlight Technology LED Monitor Total Energy Consumption at 115 Volts (kWh/yr) 18.85. ASUS VN248 Screen Size (Inches) 23.8 Features • Ideal for a multi-screen solution with a super narrow frame • Best for work and play with Full HD 1080p visual quality and 178° ultra wide viewing angle IPS panel • ASUS VividPixel Technology for crystal-clear and detail-oriented enjoyment • MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) function for Enhanced Viewing from Mobile to Monitor Native Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080 Panel Technology IPS LCD Backlight Technology LED Monitor Total Energy Consumption at 115 Volts (kWh/yr) 45.07. CTL LE72BW Screen Size (Inches) 27.0 Features With the IP2780S you will enjoy full 1920x1080 resolution, wide viewing angles, high transmittance and low operating voltages. These high quality displays are ideal for photographers, graphic designers, business use and home entertainment. Available in 27', 24' and 22' sizes, each unit is backed by a CTL® 3-Year Warranty. Native Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080 Panel Technology TN LCD Backlight Technology LED Monitor Total Energy Consumption at 115 Volts (kWh/yr) 47.41. DELL E2216Hf Screen Size (Inches) 21.5 Features • View your applications, spreadsheets and more on 21.5' inches of 1920x1080 Full HD clarity, with 16.7 million colors, a color gamut of 85 percent 1 and a 160° / 170° vertical / horizontal viewing angle.