Brick Brewery Keeps an Eye on Energy Savings with Eyedro
Discover how Brick Brewery turned electricity monitoring into a competitive advantage using Eyedro. This testimonial video is an example of an industrial project in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario where Brick Brewery used the Eyedro Real-Time Electricity Monitor to help verify the success of their energy saving project. Brick Brewery keeps an eye on energy savings with Eyedro and the project results are impressive.
If you have an energy saving project and would like to use Eyedro for measurement and verification then please contact us direct or an Eyedro reseller near you.
Please vote for our myFreeMonitor entry into at the Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge website. Simply click on the green VOTE button at ** MYFREEMONITOR ENTRY **
The Challenge was organized by MaRS Discovery District and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Energy, and encourages developers to help Ontarians unlock the potential of Green Button-enabled electricity data. Green Button is a standard which offers a secure way for consumers to view their smart meter’s electricity data.
The myFreeMonitor.com electricity monitoring cloud service provides home owners and building managers with real-time energy usage and costs via an Eyedro or BlueLine electricity monitor. With support for Ontario Green Button Connect My Data, myFreeMonitor.com will allow home owners to see what all the hype is about… at no cost. It only takes a few minutes to setup, and you’ll immediately begin understanding the mystery behind your electricity bill. Most users find their first energy and cost savings within days. Watch for the completion of the challenge when we’ll be permitted to release green button support to myFreeMonitor.com.
We’ll be at the Distributech 2014 event on January 28-30, 2014. It is being held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas so if you’re in the area then please visit us at booth #327 to see our real-time electricity monitor solution and a live demo of the myFreeMonitor.com cloud service. We’ll be sharing a booth with a few other Ontario based companies that you’ll want to see as well.
The Eyedro team is pleased to be joining the Ontario Green Button pilot with its MyEyedro cloud service (MyEyedro.com). Home and business owners in areas covered by London Hydro and Hydro One will have access to their electricity usage and costs through pilot apps designed to use Green Button data. Green Button data (from smart meters) is a significant step forward for Ontario, as consumers look for tools to better understand and control their electricity costs. The full press release by MaRS is below.
MaRS announces pilot program offering new energy management apps to Ontario consumers
TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ – Ontarians will get access to new apps to help manage their energy consumption data, thanks to a pilot program led by MaRS Discovery District, in partnership with Hydro One and London Hydro and supported by the Ministry of Energy.
Apps from Energent, BuiltSpace, Eyedro and Zerofootprint will be made available to consumers in London Hydro and Hydro One’s service territories throughout the duration of the year-long pilot program.
MaRS Data Catalyst, which brings together data and analysis to help grow Ontario’s innovation economy, and Ontario’s Ministry of Energy are working with industry partners to enable electricity consumption data access through the adoption of the Green Button Standard, already popular in the US.
Green Button aims to give Ontarians direct, timely access to their own energy data through a secure download from their utility’s website. The 4.7 million smart meters installed in homes and small businesses across the province enable consumers to access their own consumption data via the use of third-party apps.
As part of the Green Button initiative, MaRS Data Catalyst is piloting the first adoption of the Connect My Data program. Connect My Data is a voluntary initiative that will enable participating consumers to securely share their electricity consumption information with Green Button-enabled apps of their choice, which will offer consumer education and create opportunities for conservation through behaviour change, energy efficiency upgrades, energy management system automation and other potential uses.
The apps participating in the Green Button pilot program are:
Energent, a leading North American provider of model-based energy informatics and optimization for commercial, industrial and institutional applications.
BuiltSpace, a simple, secure, practical, collaborative and integrated software-as-a-service (SaaS) app for operating, maintaining and improving building portfolios.
Zerofootprint, which allows consumers to: compare their electricity consumption with that of their neighbours; understand how to reduce it; and distributes ZerofootprintRewards to those who make measurable reductions.
Eyedro Green Solutions Inc., manufacturer of the Eyedro real-time electricity monitor and MyEyedro.com cloud service, which helps users visualize electricity usage, identify waste and cut electricity costs.
Green Button Download My Data, the precursor to Connect my Data, has already been implemented across nearly 60 per cent of Ontario with participation from seven utilities. To find out more about how to participate in the Connect My Data pilot, visit: www.greenbuttondata.ca/pilots .
MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) is a mission-driven innovation centre located in Toronto. MaRS works with partners to catalyze, accelerate and amplify innovation. MaRS supports entrepreneurs building Canada’s next generation of growth companies. In the last three years, MaRS startup clients have raised over $750 million in capital, earned over $375 million in revenue and hired well over 3,500 workers into knowledge economy jobs.
About MaRS Data Catalyst
MaRS Data Catalyst brings together data and analysis from a variety of partners to track, quantify and grow Ontario’s innovation economy. It uses data and insight to support the province’s entrepreneurs, researchers, policy-makers and innovators.
About Hydro One
Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario’s 29,000 km high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 122,000 km low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of Ontario.
About London Hydro
London Hydro Incorporated is a Local Distribution Company with the City of London as its sole shareholder. London Hydro has been rated at the 5th most efficient utility in the province of Ontario and delivers a safe, reliable supply of electricity to over 149,000 customers spanning a territory of 425 square kilometers. A summer peaking utility with an average peak load of 675 MW, London Hydro’s all-time peak was set on August 2, 2006 at 719 MW.
SOURCE MaRS Discovery District
For further information:
Manager, Media & Community Relations
MaRS Discovery District
(416) 673-8200 ext. 2710
How to install Eyedro sensors is a common question. Installation of the Eyedro electricity monitor is quite simple, and it starts with the sensors. Although we always recommend an electrician install the sensors, it is quite common for a home owner to install their own. The typical residential installation of the sensors inside the electrical panel looks like this:
Electrical Panel with Eyedro Sensors Installed
Take Extreme Caution if you do this sensor installation yourself because the electrical lines will probably be energized and pose a safety risk! If you’re not sure what I mean then please have an electrician install these sensors for you.
Notice how there is a sensor around both of the “hot” lines entering the panel, but not the ground or neutral line. The sensors are not directional, meaning Eyedro can be used to monitor power generation just as easily as power consumption. They’re also hinged to simplify installation.
Eyedro Sensor – Shown Open
Also, be sure to confirm the rating on the sensors you’re installing are sufficient for your application. At the time of this writing, Eyedro only sells a 200A sensor (red and black).
Simply clamp the eyedro sensors around the “hot” wires that are to be monitored, and ensure the sensor “snaps” closed. Next step is to route the sensor wires through the side of the electrical panel and out to Eyedro sensor module (black box). Here is a video by Jamie Boyd at Boyd Electrical that should also help.
For additional information regarding installation of the eyedro sensors, please consult the eyedro product manual.