Watch Out For Your Electric Bill

Have you looked at it lately? I mean your electric bill; have you taken even just two minutes to read it recently? What about all those annoying inserts that are included in the envelope with your electric bill? Me I usually throw them out. Yet, I read this one just before I read the accompanying monthly electric bill for my home. This insert had the catchy title of  'Electricity prices are changing.' This did not sound like good news. First, it had the following … [Read more...]

Smart Meters and PowerCost Monitor

Replacing Batteries in PowerCost Monitor Display and Sensor Units

OK, so you went ahead and like us installed a PowerCost Monitor to provide you with real time information on the amount of electricity consumed in your home. Armed with this information, you found that you were more pro-active in reducing the amount of electricity used in your home. Then, also like us, you received the notice that your local electric utility was soon going to be switching your electric meter to a Smart Meter. Will your PowerCost Monitor still work once it was already … [Read more...]

microFIT On Site Roof Top Solar Assessment

South Facing Roof Around Mid-Morning

In our new series on determining if the Ontario Power Authority's (OPA) microFIT was financial viable within our personal risk tolerance for our house's roof, we detailed the OurPower online solar site assessment. This solar site assessment indicated we could anticipate, under normal amount of sun light for the Greater Toronto Area, about a 9 year financial payback (i.e, about 9 years for us to receive sufficient revenue under the microFIT program to pay for the entire estimated solar … [Read more...]

Home Solar Panel Electricity and MicroFIT

Earlier this week I wrote an article on Smart Meters and how old electromechanical electric meter was swapped out by our local utility for a new smart meter. A long time visitor to DailyHomeRenoTips.com, Vasile, left a couple of comments and then exchanged some emails with me 'off line' about my concerns on investing in solar panels to generate electricity. My personal subjective view is that yes, if every house has them we would be in much better shape environmentally. I think that's kind … [Read more...]

Smart Meter Installed

Removing Electric Meter Band

A short while ago we received a notice in the mail from our local electric utility that they would be replacing our current 23 year old electric meter with a smart meter. Smart meters are all the rage in North America. They allow electric utilities to obtain more information about your household's personal electricity consumption habits. They allow electric utilities to change their pricing for the electricity you use to a time-of-use approach whereby they charge you more at peak times … [Read more...]

Using BlueLine Innovations’ PowerCost Monitor To Measure Our Home’s Electricity Consumption – 2

Electromechanical Electric Meter

Yesterday we introduced you to the PowerCost Monitor™, a device which provides a homeowner with real time data, in both Kilowatts and in dollars & cents, on the electricity being consumed in their home. With this information, a homeowner can monitor action taken to reduce the amount of electricity consumed in the home and same them money. Today, we look at the installation. Here is the type of electric meter we have on the outside of our home. This energy conservation … [Read more...]

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