You may think that energy monitoring isn’t important for your home and that it is only required for large businesses. But monitoring allows you to see where electricity is being wasted or overused.
With the average household using 4200 kWh of electricity per year, costing an average of €1500, there is room for saving in most households.
Almost a quarter of all energy consumption in Ireland is residential. This surpasses transport and is just below industry, so your home, along with any businesses you may own play a major part in Ireland's energy consumption.
Both homeowners and business owners can benefit from energy monitoring.
Through the use of sophisticated hardware and software, you can accurately track energy consumption by attaching devices to your energy metre or sockets.
These smart-systems can track energy use in real-time, highlighting areas of inefficiency, faults and overuse.
Live tracking is great for businesses that want to reduce energy consumption and for homeowners, so they can see how their bills are formulated and areas that can be improved upon.
The Emporia system which we use at North Cork Electrical not only allows you to track usage, but also allows you to manage utilities in your home and business through the use of smart plugs.
Now that you understand a little better how energy monitoring works, you may be wondering what the real benefits are to you, your home and your business.
Your monthly bills come with the price you have to pay and the energy you consumed, but rarely little else.
Energy tracking software and devices break down technical information into understandable and actionable insights.
If you pay for a service, you want to know where your money is going, and this is the advantage of energy monitoring.
Lower your costs:
Discover what areas of your home or business are consuming the most energy. Are these areas you can shut off or use less?
There may also be a fault on your system or unused devices consuming too much energy.
Small changes such as turning off certain units and devices can save you a lot on your energy bills.
Benchmarking for the future:
With an understanding of how your energy is being used, you can set benchmarks for your business to meet.
Perhaps you can develop alternate energy-efficient approaches that improve your energy consumption while continuing production.
To properly manage your energy consumption, you must understand it, energy monitoring systems allow you to do this.
Being a more conscious energy consumer:
Monitoring systems allow us to develop good habits. We may decide not to use certain devices because of the amount of energy they use.
You can switch to renewable energy sources and see the benefits of such a move, and you will simply be more conscious of the waste that you may have unknowingly created.
Just as we have become more aware of the need to recycle, energy monitoring systems highlight other areas in which we can improve.
There are a few things that you can do to greatly improve your energy consumption and home rating.
Retrofit your home:
Retrofitting your home to be more energy efficient is one of the best ways to immediately see improvements.
Retrofitting involves insulating your home to a higher degree replacing draughty areas and areas than allow warm air to escape.
Electrical faults can be dangerous and also cost homes and businesses a considerable amount of money.
Use the Emporia monitoring system to detect faults and have them quickly taken care of to save you on your bills and minimise potential accidents that could occur.
Switch to renewable energy:
Switch to renewable energy. At North Cork Electrical we install monitoring units, solar panel systems and thermal solar systems to save you money, improve your home's energy rating and increase the value of your property.
With SEAI grants available and better more powerful technology improving energy production from the sun, there has never been a better time to switch to solar power.
Track your energy consumption and savings through the Emporia systems which we can install and set up for you.
If you are interested in the Emporia energy tracking system or our solar panel installation services contact North Cork Electrical today.