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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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.
Sometimes a consistently high electricity bill can be a complete mystery, despite your best efforts to uncover the truth.
One recent Eyedro customer had been struggling for a couple years with extremely high bills but couldn’t identify the cause. “There were a lot of different factors in play and several changes had taken place in a short amount of time.” The homeowner had done a significant addition to his home; increasing the size among other things, but also installing a hot tub and geothermal HVAC system. “I knew the geo system would increase my electricity bill. I also knew increasing the size of the home would have an impact.” However, the increase was not in line with his expectations.
After a couple seasons and seeing consistent winter bills of 90 kWh a day (and almost as high in the summer), a portable electricity monitor was used to help identify the problem. The homeowner spent weeks trying to figure out the problem. He was able to load information from the different appliances, but was still unable to understand why the daily usage was so high. “As expected, the geo was using a lot of power, but when it was on, the kWh were inline with expectations.” Still, he believed the HVAC was at the heart of the problem.
Then he installed Eyedro’s electricity monitor. Within a couple days he had identified the source of the problem, if not the cause.
After making several adjustments to their home they knew their bills would increase, but not by that much.
Every day at around 3 PM to approximately 3 AM, there was a dramatic increase in usage. With Eyedro, you are able to identify that it’s a 220V appliance, reducing it to two or three possibilities. In the end, the homeowner was able to confirm it was the HVAC system. However, the system was turned off at the thermostat, meaning no air conditioner or heater running. It was mid-spring and the outdoor temperature was already in the 80’s but cool enough at night to go without HVAC cooling. So what was the problem. It turns out the in-floor system used a pre-heat tank before circulating to the two in-floor zones. While the thermostat was set to “off” and clearly warm enough to not need heating, the pre-heat system was “regenerating” or “pre-heating” the tank for 12 hours a day!
Customer was able to find a 40% energy reduction in his home just by monitoring where his energy was going.
While the exact cause (or fix) has not been identified, with the in-floor system completely shut off manually, the electricity usage has been reduced by about 30 kWh per day, or 40%!