Earth Day April 22nd, 2017: Environmental Stewardship with Eyedro Electricity Monitoring
Founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, the very first Earth Day was held in 1970 as a reaction to his concern that environmental issues were not considered important politically or by society in general. Senator Nelson’s initial efforts gave rise to world-wide environmental stewardship activities including the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act in the United States.
Today, around the globe, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day events which are coordinated by the non-profit organization Earth Day Network.
Here in Canada, Earth Day activities include community tree planting, recycling seminars, volunteer litter clean up, and open house demonstrations at local composting facilities. For more information and programs in your community see Earth Day Canada.
How Can You Make a Contribution to the Global Environmental Movement?
Grow your own food
Compost your kitchen and yard waste
Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED
Walk, bike or carpool to work
Use non-toxic cleaning products like baking soda and plain white vinegar
Let Eyedro help you reduce your electricity consumption!
Eyedro electricity monitoring can help you with your personal commitment to energy reduction. With Eyedro you can see, in real-time, when you are using the most electricity and which appliances are the culprits.
Because the MyEyedro cloud interface is so accessible and responsive, it makes a great tool to help your whole family to form new conservation habits. Allow your children to participate and together we can create a more environmentally sustainable future for everyone!
Track and reduce your electrical consumption with Eyedro – because every day is Earth Day!
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.
Let Eyedro help you keep an eye on your Hydro!
Eyedro monitoring sump pump during severe weather event
Eyedro Monitors Calgary’s First Net-Zero Energy Home
Home will be first in Calgary to receive government recognition of Net-Zero Energy home performance
Yesterday, Mattamy Homes, North America’s largest privately owned homebuilder, officially celebrated the completion of its first Net-Zero Energy Home (NZE) today in Calgary as part of a national project that will almost double the number of NZE homes in Canada. The home is one of five that Mattamy will be constructing in the NE community of Cityscape by Spring 2016.
Net Zero Energy homes are energy efficient residences that generate as much energy as they consume on an annual basis. Mattamy’s 1658 square foot home features advanced insulation (the Owens Corning™ CodeBord® Air Barrier System); Plygem triple-pane windows; Mitsubishi Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pump; Rheem High Efficiency Domestic Hot Water Heater, Eyedro real-time energy monitoring system; and 40 SolarMax photovoltaic panels.
“This flagship project will help pave the way for Mattamy, as well as other production homebuilders, to make Net Zero homes available in more communities,” said Brad Carr, President, Mattamy Homes Canada. “It is thanks to the contributions of our dedicated staff and project partners that we are able to achieve this milestone of completion and continue to demonstrate leadership in building energy-efficient and sustainable homes. Mattamy is proud to be one of five builders, and the only builder in Western Canada, selected to participate in this initiative, leading the way towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable future.”
Mattamy Net-Zero Energy Home
Ribbon cutting VIPs from left to right:
Andy Goyda, Owens Corning Canada
Don Barrineau, Mattamy Homes
Brad Carr, Mattamy Homes
Warren Saunders, Mattamy Homes
Donna Moore, Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Calgary
Salvatore Ciarlo, Owens Corning Canada
More than $4 million in funding and in-kind contributions from Natural Resources Canada’s ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII), Owens Corning Canada and the building industry will allow for the construction of at least 25 Net Zero Energy homes in four provinces — Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Québec.
The Net Zero Energy Homes Project will take what were once one-off, high performance custom homes and make them accessible to the everyday consumer. Mattamy Homes’ participation in the project will also allow it to secure a new Government of Canada certified level of recognition from Natural Resources Canada as it contributes to the improved energy performance and commoditization of net zero energy homes.
“The net zero project aims to prove that existing technologies can be utilized to make these ultra-efficient homes available at a community-scale,” said Andy Goyda, Canadian Builder Lead and Marketing Development Manager for Owens Corning Canada. “As Canada’s largest homebuilder, Mattamy is well-positioned to demonstrate that these homes can be available to the average homebuyer.”
Mattamy will also be enrolling all five homes in the Canadian Home Builders Association’s Pilot Net Zero Energy Home Labelling Program. “Innovative builders like Mattamy are key to continuing to move our industry forward, inspiring us with the possibilities, and showing just how great Canadian housing is and can be,” said Bard Golightly, past President of the CHBA. “We all love our homes. A Net-Zero Energy home loves you back — it shelters you from rising utility costs, it delivers exceptional comfort, it works better, and it lasts.”
Eyedro Monitors Calgary’s First Net-Zero Energy Home
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.
The following video details the steps involved in the electrical panel portion of an Eyedro installation. While Eyedro is simple to set up, it is recommended that an electrician install your Eyedro electricity monitoring system.