About 10 days ago we received an email from Cathy.
No, not my wife.
This Cathy I have never met before (if that’s her real name…..you know how the Internet can be) and her email came out of the blue.
She had seen our prior article back in November on the PowerCost Monitor, this new (to me) device which provides real time information on the quantity and cost of electricity being consumed in the home. Here’s the link to the first of the articles I wrote back in mid-November on the PowerCost Monitor when we first received it for those interested in what the product is about and how we installed it ourselves in our own home.
It was actually interesting that someone had actually read a prior article we published. You know, a “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there does it really make a sound” type of thing; if you write an article on your own web site and no one leaves a comment has anyone actually read it?
Here is the text of the email Cathy wrote:
“I read your post on November 18, 2009 where you describe your experience with the Blueline Innovations PowerCost Monitor. You had just installed it. Now that it has been several months, do you have further comments about the product? Have you re-evaluated the monitor? Have you changed your electricity habits? Were you persuaded to purchase CFLs, power strips or new appliances? I would be very interested in your followup.”
OK, the first thing which should be obvious to anyone who has spent any time on our site, DailyHomeRenoTips.com in the past is that Cathy is someone who has not. If she had she would know that:
(1) we already use power strips to reduce as much phantom electricity consumed in our home as we can, like this one by our home computer which is an easily accessible location for us to turn off when we are not using the home PC:
(2) we have already installed a lot of CFL light bulbs, like these we installed soon after we moved in three years ago in the lighting above our basement pool table:
(3) we already have energy efficient appliances, like our ENERGY STAR rated rear-projection TV
(4) we have already have had a home energy audit, which motivated us to collect energy conservation as well as water savings tips from now hundreds of others as you can see from our Energy Savings page.
However, Cathy is correct. It has been a few months since we started to use the PowerCost Monitor from Blue Line Innovations in an attempt to further reduce the amount of electricity we consume in our home.
So, has it helped us?
Well, remember we already do a lot in our home to minimize the amount of electricity to consume. Will it work for a family in our situation who already practices electricity conservation as it will for a household which does not yet practice much electricity conservation?
Select the following link to PowerCost Monitor – Where to Put the Display Unit, the next article in this series..
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