More than 50% of the energy used in homes goes toward space heating and air conditioning. But, what if your HVAC system uses well over that 50% average? Or could it be below average? The Emporia Vue Energy Monitor "turns power into knowledge." With this tool, you can track how much energy your home is using and which appliances are taking the bulk of it.
By connecting directly to circuits in your electrical box, like the circuit for your refrigerator, hot water heater, furnace, or air conditioner, the Emporia Vue Energy Monitor tracks how much energy each appliance is consuming 24/7. Want to monitor smaller energy users like your coffee pot? Add Emporia Smart Plugs and start seeing for yourself where energy adds up.
If you've got a solar array, the Emporia Vue Energy Monitor can break down how much energy you're generating and where it's getting sent to. Look at energy use in real time and historically by the minute, hour, day, week, month, and year.
Installing a Emporia Smart Home Energy Monitor
At Supplied Energy, we practice what we preach (and sell). In this video, Jonathan shares the setup and startup of his Emporia Smart Home Energy Monitor. As a homeowner in renovation and upgrade mode, Jonathan wants to know how his home is using energy so he can make educated decisions about which updates to tackle first.
Follow along with him to see how he uses the knowledge gained by his Emporia Vue to save money on his utilities. Currently, Jonathan has a 10+ year old gas furnace with a 25+ year old condenser for air conditioning in Greenville, Illinois. His home's geographic location puts him in an area where he uses both heating and cooling almost equally over the course of a year.
He hopes to learn about his existing energy usage and HVAC costs, so he's making decisions with facts specific to his situation. While the end goal is to upgrade his HVAC system and potentially add a solar array, Jonathan is going to address the little improvements the Emporia Smart Home Energy Monitor indicates he could make along the way, too. Because we know small energy-efficient upgrades add up to substantial savings.
With energy-efficient upgrades, fundamentals are key. That's why we encourage following the four-step process to energy-efficient, net-zero capable homes, even if your end goal isn't to be net-zero or go off-grid. While Jonathan has just started monitoring his energy use in this video, we anticipate he'll need to look at foundational updates, like possible insulation upgrades to make his home air-tight.
Subscribe to our blog below and/or our YouTube channel to see what Jonathan finds out and what steps he takes to make his home more energy-efficient. If you're ready to start monitoring your own energy use, contact us, and we'll get you setup with an Emporia Vue.