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...]

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...]

Energy Saving Tip Contest

We have written a few times about the PowerCost Monitor, the electricity consumption measuring device which helps us save money by providing real time usage information on the amount of electricity we consume. With this real time information we adjust the amount of electricity we are wasting by leaving lights on in rooms where no one is around, leaving video games and entertainment systems on when no one is playing or watching, etc. Well, Blue Line Innovations is having their own "Energy … [Read more...]

Energy Conservation Products and Devices Used In Our Home – Winter – 3

Programmable Thermostat

The past two days has seen us review the inventory of the different energy conservation products and devices we use in our home during the winter to maximize our energy savings. Today, we complete the listing. Which ones do you use in your own home? Which ones do you use in your own home which we do not? 30. Programmable Thermostat 31. Real Time Electricity Consumption Reader (PowerCost Monitor) 32. Solar Air Heater 33. Solar Powered Outdoor Christmas … [Read more...]

Energy Conservation Products and Devices Used In Our Home – Winter 2

The Internet

Yesterday we started to take inventory of all the different energy savings products and devices used in our home this past winter. In that article we reviewed the first 14 energy conservation items. Today we continue with our collection. As you review what we use, think whether you also use them in your own home. If you do, are you using them as much as you could to maximize your energy savings? If you are not, why not? And now, we continue with our list and pictures of energy … [Read more...]

Optimum Placement of PowerCost Monitor Display Unit

Notre Dame Sourveniers in Home Office

Several days ago I wrote the first of now several articles about the PowerCost Monitor and whether it has helped us reduce our electricity consumption as we continually strive to maximize the energy savings we achieve in our home. It was in response to an email we received from Cathy, a visitor to DailyHomeRenoTips.com. Over the past few days I indicated that we already had the various devices (CFL light bulbs, power strips, ENERGY STAR appliances, etc.) and had already undertaken … [Read more...]

PowerCost Monitor – Place Display Unit For Maximum Visibility

PowerCost Monitor by Coffee Maker

Yesterday I wrote how yes, the PowerCost Monitor did help me to remember to think about the amount of electricity being consumed and to at least think about taking actions if I noticed wasted electricity being consumed in our home. Maximizing the energy savings achieved in the home is not a one time or two time activity; rather, it is an ongoing effort if you are to not waste money from higher than necessary electric utility bills. I also wrote how our kitchen was to room where everyone … [Read more...]

PowerCost Monitor – Where to Put It?

Kitchen

Yesterday we wrote about the email we received last week from Cathy regarding our usage of the PowerCost Monitor from BlueLine Innovations. She wanted to know if it helped us in our efforts to maximize our energy savings by reducing electricity consumed in our home. Well, let's talk about it then. The first and most fundamental point about the PowerCost Monitor, like with any other electricity usage measuring device, is that it does not by itself reduce the amount of electricity consumed … [Read more...]

PowerCost Monitor – A Few Months Later

family room with table lamp

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 … [Read more...]

Christmas Gift Idea For Dads

PowerCost Monitor 030

A lot of dads in families are alike in many ways. They like to tinker around the house, even though they might not be very good at it. They don't like seeing money wasted. They are skeptical about new products until they know others have successfully used them. Their families have a hard time buying presents for them. Here's an idea that might help with deciding what to buy them this Christmas. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the PowerCost Monitor we acquired from Blue Line … [Read more...]

Long Term Home Energy & Water Conservation Tips – 2

Editor's Note: To view the 500+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our free home Energy Savings and Water Savings Guide, 2nd Edition Yesterday we began to review the energy and water conservation tips which are both more long term in nature and which impact all energy and water sources consumed in the home. Today we continue our review of these money savings tips. Number 5, Monitor Utility Bills for Conservation Progress. What … [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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