Most residents of Colorado are extremely interested in "going green," wherever possible and practical in every aspect of thier daily lives. This includes such green advances as solar heating and electricity for homes and offices, electric or hybrid cars and motorcycles, organic rust removers, recycling plastics, devices to conserve water use, and more green innovations each day.
Environmentally conscious contractors building new Denver homes are turning to the one "green" gadget that changes everything about a home's power consumption: the TED Electricity Monitor.
What is TED?
TED is an acronym for "The Electricity Detective." This cutting edge piece of technology is manufactured by a company called Energy, Inc., out of Charleston, South Carolina. They describe TED as "a simple, yet extremely accurate, home energy monitor that allows you to see electricity usage in real-time." Perhaps you are already starting to see just how that might be important and useful?
How Does it Work?
We'll let the good folks at Energy, Inc describe their device for you. "TED's transmitting device, located in your circuit breaker panel, measures the amount of electricity coming into your home as you demand/use it, and transmits data every second over your receiving unit. The receiving display unit can be plugged into any A/C outlet in your home." (www.theenergydetective.com) If your purchase a home from a Denver homebuilder who has installed TED, you need not make any electrical adjustments in order to reap the benefits of this device.
Benefits of Using TED
If you've ever looked at your energy bill, gone into shock, and wondered how it got so high, you'll really appreciate TED. Its monitor will tell you exactly how much electricity you are currently using - in other words, in "real time." You'll know if you want to cut back, and you'll know if your efforts to cut back have been successful. No more shocks when the bill arrives!
Another benefit of using TED in your Denver new home is the possibility of a tax credit, always a welcome thing. "You may qualify for a 100% tax credit on the purchase of the equipment with the passage of the 2004 Energy Bill." (www.theenergydetective.com)
Introducing the TED 5000
TED comes in two different models. The 5000 model works with Google PowerMeter. It is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. It can be customized to show two different displays. If your home receives solar or wind energy, TED has the capability to meter those as well. It can easily accommodate all the varying rate structures in use, including flat, tiered, time-of-use and demand. And last, but hardly least, TED 5000 comes with a wireless handheld display that can receive signal/information from multiple sources.
There are also several series of the 5000 model which have to do, primarily, with the number of sources that need to be read.
When shopping for new home for sale in Denver, take the quick survey on theelectricitydetective.com site to determine which TED model and series is best for the home you choose.
There are several advantages that new homes in Denver using TED have over homes without this energy monitor.
With TED, a home owner can monitor the electricity consumption in a separate mother-in-law apartment. You can even measure how much electric power is being used by individual circuits. TED is completely maintenance, free, never needing resetting or battery changes. It updates the data continuously, every second.
TED performs net metering if you have a Photovoltaic system and the system is sensitive to 1 Watt.
In New Homes in Denver using TED, the readings are accurate to approximately 2%, but according to the manufacturers, readings closer to 1% have been reported.
New homes in Denver using alternative power sources can also use TED to view their system's solar and wind production, along with the current energy consumption and net usage. "TED can show either net metering, production or consumption in dollar-view, kilowatt view or CO2 view. When the net amount is a negative number there is more energy being produced than consumed. All solar/wind readings will be negative because energy is being produced. When the net amount reading is positive, energy is being consumed. Each number located next to the "NET" button represents a different Measuring Transmitting Unit (MTU)." (www.theenergydetective.com)
When New Homes in Denver use solar power, "one MTU will be located on the main breaker panel to denote consumption and the other MTU reading will be the solar information or, production." (www.theenergydetective.com)
Denver new home communities can use TED to graph their energy production, if applicable, and ongoing consumption. The graph can be either in real time or yearly, allowing you to keep track of how much energy is being being used in your house, including where and how much. If necessary, you can even graph the information in seconds, minutes, or hours. Or if you prefer, daily and monthly.
Why is this useful to you, as an energy consumer interested in saving money on utility bills? The TED system can accurately provide you with a projected energy bill as well as your daily consumption, both in dollar amounts. You can see if you need to become more energy efficient, and where to cut back.
No more melt downs when the bill finally arrives. No more shouting at your family that they are wasting your hard earned money.
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