A smart home powered by NETIChome not only make your life safer, more convenient and more fun but NETIChome can also help you to save energy and money.
The global average electricity consumption for households with electricity is roughly 3,500 kWh which comes to approximately 875 euro. The average gas consumption for a household is approximately 1434 m3 gas per year, which comes to a price of approximately 932 euro per year. Adding the total cost of energy and gas together comes to approximately cost of 1807 euro per year for an average house hold.
The first step into energy saving is to start monitoring your exact exact energy consumption. In this article we will have a in-depth overview how to monitor and reduce your electrical power consumption. Before starting to monitor our power consumption we should ask our self the following questions, with these we build our monitor plan which turns into our energy saving plan.
- How much power do I consume?
- When are my power consumption peaks?
- Which devices consume the most power?
Our monitoring plan starts with monitoring your total electrical power consumption, you obvious get the monthly invoice stating your monthly power consumption from your electricity provider but this does not tell us much, except the total amount of power you’ve used in a month but this does not tell us anything about where my power consumption peaks.
The device that you need to measure the total consumed electrical power is, depending on your electrical situation either the F1 energy meter or the F3 energy meter.
F1 energy meter
The F1 energy meter measures the power consumption of one electrical phase. The energy meter is simple to install, just clip the clamp of the one phase energy meter around the incoming electricity cable that connect to the main circuit breaker and include the energy meter into your NETIChome network.
Once setup you’ll get real time information of your total energy consumption of all electrical devices connected to the power line phase you put the measurement clamp on. The consumed energy can be read from either the NETIChome interface for your web browser or via the mobile application for your smartphone.
F3 energy meter
A lot of houses and companies are using three electrical phases. To measure the total power consumption on each electrical phase you can use the F3 energy meter. Just like the F1 energy meter you clip each clamp on of the three phase energy meter around each of the incoming electricity cables that connect to the main circuit breaker and include the energy meter into your NETIChome network.
Once you have installed the energy meter within your NETIChome network you’ll be able to read, in real time, the power consumption of each power line phase on either your web browser, your Android phone or your iPhone using our mobile application.
Once you’ve collected, lets say a week, of measurement data you will find an overview of your total current electrical energy consumption as well as your real time energy consumption within your NETIChome browser interface. You can also see when your energy consumption peaks. All great information to start saving on your electricity bill.
If you click on the settings button of either the F1 energy meter widget or the F3 energy meter widget you’ll be able to set various notifications. A useful notification to set is a notification when the energy consumption goes above and below a certain value. Depending on your configuration you will receive either an email and/or SMS message when the energy consumption goes above or below a certain value.
How to reduce your energy consumption?
When you have enabled notification you will get an email and/or sms message when an electrical device that drains a huge amount of power is turned on or off, giving you the possibility to see if a more environmental friendly devices is available on the market.
Furthermore you can see which devices are turned on during so called energy peek hours (in general these hours are during the working times), during these peek hours you pay more for energy then off peek hours. You might want to see if the devices you are using during the day can be used in the evening and/or weekend (off peek hours). Doing so will reduce your energy bill.
The mentioned prices and consumed energy within this article is an average based upon various public available sources.