Commercial Tenant Electricity Sub-Metering: Landlord Feels That Tenant Is Using More Power than Budgeted in Lease Agreement
In this case study we illustrate how Eyedro has been put to use resolving a commercial tenant electricity sub-metering dispute between the tenant and the landlord of a large commercial building. As can be seen from the Eyedro real-time electricity monitoring graph data above, a tenant of a commercial building displayed an excessive electricity usage pattern that persisted for 12 hour periods. This usage was very much out of line with that of the other tenants in the building.
After some investigation it was discovered that the tenant was testing some power hungry new technology.
Via Eyedro, the landlord was able to show the tenant their actual electricity usage as well as the time period (in this case during peak electricity rate hours).
Because the landlord was sub-metering each tenant and tracking power consumption with an Eyedro Electricity Monitoring system, they were able to pinpoint the tenant’s unusual electricity consumption. The tenant’s commercial lease was then renegotiated in a way that was fair to both parties.
The landlord ultimately recovered more than $1200 in electricity costs per year from this one customer alone!
Eyedro Remote Electricity Monitoring Can Alert You to Potential System Failures in Your Home
With Eyedro’s remote electricity monitoring capability it is possible to protect the assets in your home even when you are on vacation.
The MyEyedro screen capture below shows the electrical signature of a home owner’s sump pump. The signal dropped out during a severe weather event.
The home owner was sent an email alert of a power failure and subsequent restoration of power. This is significant because the home owner was out of the country at the time.
When the home owner checked his MyEyedro account, he could tell by the waveform created that the sump pump was working very hard to catch up after the power was restored.
Because the home owner received an Eyedro power failure alert and was able to monitor the situation remotely, there was time to contact a neighbour and prevent the possible burn-out of the sump pump motor and subsequent basement flooding.
Eyedro real-time electricity monitoring systems with cloud based software – monitor and protect your home no matter where you are in the world.
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Eyedro monitoring sump pump during severe weather event
I, like most Ontarians (and Hydro users everywhere) have become more than a little bit disgruntled with the sharply rising cost of electricity. Every month we wait in trepidation for the arrival of the dreaded electric bill.
With the goal of energy reduction in mind, I decided to install an Eyedro Real-Time Electricity Monitor in a secondary breaker panel that powers my living room lights, outlets, and my desktop computer.
As a new Eyedro Electricity Monitoring Systems user I was shocked to discover how much electricity was being consumed by the gadgets in my home even when they weren’t actively in use.
Since the MyEyedro cloud based software offers real-time electricity monitoring, I was able to determine through experimentation (flicking switches, powering down appliances, turning breakers off and on) which of my devices was using the most power. It quickly became obvious who the main culprit was – the tower computer that lurks in the shadows under my desk, fans humming away night and day, red LEDs glaring defiantly, and using twice the electricity of anything else that I was monitoring with my Eyedro system!
For more on computer energy consumption here’s a great article from howtogeek.com – PSA: Don’t Shut Down Your Computer, Just Use Sleep (or Hibernation)
By making a few relatively painless adjustments, (and sending out gentle reminders to recalcitrant participants – I can see how much hydro you’re using even when I’m not home!) I have been able to almost immediately realize an overall cost savings of roughly 60% on the power usage that I am tracking with my Eyedro electricity monitoring system.
As the following graphs beautifully illustrate in both kWh consumption and dollar values, with Eyedro it really is possible to Keep an Eye on Your Hydro!
Eyedro Home Electricity Monitor: Daily Consumption in kWh
Eyedro Home Electricity Monitor: Daily Cost Savings
Eyedro’s Business Electricity Monitors help manage electricity costs in a large warehouse.
A recent Eyedro customer wanted to use Eyedro’s Business Electricity Monitors to help manage their energy costs in a large warehouse. After taking measurements over a period of a couple of months, they noticed a curious pattern in their MyEyedro energy data.
Upon further investigation, they realized that the energy usage dropped dramatically in one of the facility’s blowers. After looking over some maintenance records they discovered that cleaning the air filter on blower motor reduced electricity consumption by over 1000 kWh per day.
As a result, they implemented new maintenance procedures which called for more frequent cleaning of the air filters, saving them over $25,000 in annual energy costs.
Home Security on the Go with Eyedro Real-Time Electricity Monitoring Systems
Bob and Trudy originally purchased an Eyedro electricity monitor to help keep an eye on their hydro usage and costs. This was especially important since they liked to travel a lot and wanted the peace of mind of knowing how much electricity their home was consuming while away. Eyedro real-time electricity monitoring provided Bob and Trudy with home security on the go!
This past winter Bob and Trudy were wintering in Arizona. It was a typical morning for Bob, he was reading the paper and checking MyEyedro to see how much electricity his Canadian home had used the previous couple of days.
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To Bob’s surprise he noticed that each morning at about 9AM there was a large spike in electricity usage. After a few more days of this pattern, Bob decided to phone up a neighbor and ask if they could pop by the house the next morning to see which appliances were automatically turning on.
The next day Bob’s neighbor ventured over, on a mission to discover which appliance was the culprit. The neighbor went from room to room, listening for the whirrs and hums of sump pumps, fridges and clocks but couldn’t find anything out of the ordinary. Just as the neighbor was about to give up he decided to check the backyard.
Looking towards the back, the neighbor could see that Bob’s hot tub was open and someone was taking a soak. As it turns out, Bob had hired a contractor to complete some work while they were away. The contractor was using the hot tub each morning before getting on with his work.
With Eyedro, Bob and Trudy were able to keep control of what was going on in their home, even when they were miles away.
If you graduated high school before 2010 and don’t have little ones, then it’s probably been a while since you’ve roamed the halls of your local public schools. And if you’re curious about how the next generation of energy users are learning about conservation today, then you’ll want to keep reading.
This past year, Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB) began rolling out new energy management initiatives in accordance with the Ontario Green Energy Act (legislation calling on all Provincial public institutions to plan and execute energy conservation strategies).
With the goal of managing their schools in the most eco-friendly way possible, AMDSB wanted an easy-to-use, cost-effective solution to monitor and control energy consumption across 40+ buildings. Today, Eyedro’s Real-Time Electricity Monitors are helping AMDSB see how much energy is being used in individual schools, as well as cumulatively across the entire Board– all in real-time.
But AMDSB isn’t stopping there. While real-time electricity monitoring is now helping the Board make informed energy management decisions (resulting in a projected savings of $100,000+ in the first year alone), AMDSB is going a step further, proactively using electricity monitoring as a teachable moment.
In May 2014, AMDSB met at South Huron District High School for C.L.A.Y. 2014, a student conference teaching students about environmental stewardship. Students participated in eco based team building exercises, learned about real-time energy monitoring with Eyedro’s monitoring tools, and discussed ways to make schools even more environmentally friendly in the future.
As students begin returning to schools this fall, AMDSB will continue to integrate real-time energy monitoring into classroom activities, setting a great example for other institutions and families embarking on energy conservation initiatives of their own.
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