It’s no secret that cutting your household energy consumption is a great way to reduce your environmental footprint. It’s also a great way to save money on your utility bills. But to pinpoint the best places to reduce power use, you need to know exactly where your power is going – no small task considering the number of devices, appliances, and fixtures in an average home. Enter the TED 5000 energy meter, a nifty tool to precisely track your home energy use.
The TED 5000 is the latest model from the folks at The Energy Detective, and it allows wireless real-time monitoring of energy usage. The system is compatible with Google’s PowerMeter as well as TED’s own Footprints software. Data is presented in simple graph formats, and users can track energy spikes at certain times of day or when using particular appliances.
The TED 5000 can display energy usage in terms of kilowatts, dollars, or CO2 output. The system can also be programmed to factor in varying energy costs (for example, if your local power company charges different rates based on season or time of day). It can even calculate net energy use if a user supplements municipal power from the grid with their own household solar or wind power setup.
The TED 5000 is available with or without the wireless display, and the system can track data from multiple electrical panels. Prices start at $199.95 for the basic system.
For more information, visit the TED website.