Monitor Energy Consumption At Home
Home Power Usage and Monitoring
How can a Wave Energy solar solution help you save? Besides the long-term money-saving (and making) benefits of adding solar to your Florida home, every single system we install includes a whole-home monitoring system. You can monitor your solar production and your power consumption.
Before we look at the benefits of whole home power monitoring, let’s look at average electricity consumption in Florida
Let’s say your average electric bill is $200.00 a month. At an average cost of $0.12 per kWh. That means your average energy consumption is 20,000 kWh annually. Pretty typical in Florida for a standard 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Now let’s look at a cost breakdown of cooling your home
Central Air Conditioning:
Central (3 ton-12 SEER) 3.0 kWh per hour
Your system may be more or less efficient, but if running this typical air conditioner an average of 8 hours per day, your annual consumption is 44% of your total annual demand! In the summer it may run 18-20 hours a day. In winter, maybe not at all but the numbers match up to the DOEs surveys showing 40% of the average Florida residence’s energy consumption is wrapped up in cooling costs.
So how does power monitoring help?
Wave Energy includes power monitoring with EVERY solar installation. It is included in the standard cost and the benefits are huge. The ‘Palmetto Home’ is a home energy monitoring system that allows you to see exactly how you use energy in your home. By connecting to your circuit breakers, Palmetto Home monitors the way you use energy and sends that data in simple to read graphs right to your smartphone or desktop. You can access this data from anywhere.
By monitoring your energy consumption, you can see trends, problems, and apply intelligent analytics to your daily activities.
Intelligence – Just knowing how you use energy can help you save energy! It’s a proven fact that by simply paying attention to your energy spending, consumers save by changing patterns and creating good energy habits around this new information
Trends – Monitor changes in energy consumption by season, average temperatures, household size, and changes made to appliances or products you use daily. Trending can also help you see efficiency breakdowns. As products age, they become less efficient. This can help you plan and budget for necessary equipment or appliance replacements.
Problems – Spotting problems before they become catastrophic can save you thousands per a single event. Imagine your air conditioner is beginning to fail. You notice a slow increase in load for AC even though use is the same. This can be a tell-tale sign that a service is needed or if the system is on its last leg, give you a head start. Instead of a weekend emergency service and emergency AC replacement, you can shop around, compare quotes, and prepare and budget for the required replacement air conditioner BEFORE it fails. This can save you thousands in up front maintenance and replacement costs.
Our state-of-the-art monitoring system is included with every household solar energy system we sell. This added feature increases your home’s value and if used intelligently, can save you thousands on energy costs.