Remote Electricity Monitoring During Storm: Case Study

Remote Electricity Monitoring During Storm: Case Study

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!

 

sump pump cycling during severe weather event

Eyedro monitoring sump pump during severe weather event

Visit Eyedro at the 10th Annual Guelph eMERGE EcoMarket March 25th, 2017

Visit Eyedro at the 10th Annual Guelph eMERGE EcoMarket March 25th, 2017

Energy Reduction with Eyedro 

eMERGE EcoMarket  

March 25th, 2017 

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Old Quebec Street Mall at 55 Wyndham Street 

 

Visit Eyedro to learn how our electricity monitoring systems can help you with your energy reduction initiatives at home and at work.  Green ideas from a great lineup of vendors.

Bring the family out to discover some innovative green energy and sustainability products and services.

Guelph eMERGE EcoMarket Details and participating vendors.

 

Visit Eyedro at the Guelph eMERGE EcoMarket March 25th 2017

Guelph eMERGE EcoMarket March 25th 2017

 

Eyedro Booth at the Guelph EcoMarket

Eyedro Booth at 10th Annual Guelph EcoMarket

The Guelph EcoMarket – showcasing a great roundup of green ideas companies in an awesome venue!

New MyEyedro Peak Electricity Demand Plugin

New MyEyedro Peak Electricity Demand Plugin

Prompted by popular “demand” for a means to capture electricity demand, Eyedro is pleased to announce the addition of the new Portfolio plugin to our MyEyedro electricity monitoring platform.

The Portfolio view allows the MyEyedro user to determine 30 Day Peak Demand selectable by date, Instantaneous Peak Demand, 24 Hour and 30 Day Consumption.

In order to activate the Portfolio plugin the user’s MyEyedro account must have at least 2 display groups. In the case where a user has only one Eyedro device, a duplicate display group can be created.

For more information on the Portfolio plugin see page 58 of the MyEyedro User Guide.

Electricity Demand Explained

Electricity Demand is the maximum amount of electricity being used at any given point in time. Demand fluctuates throughout the day. For example, in the morning as people get up and get ready for work, take showers, run their cappuccino machines, hair dryers or waffle makers, electricity demand increases. In the early evening there is a second period of peak demand as people arrive home from work, turn on lights and appliances, cook dinner, fire up computers, etc. The greater the electricity demand, the greater the strain on the electrical grid to supply that demand, which is why many utilities will charge the consumer more during times of peak demand (Time-of-Use electricity rates). Time-of-Use rates are intended to take some of the strain off the grid by encouraging conservation at times of peak demand.

30 Day Consumption View:

MyEyedro Electricity Usage Metering 30 Day Consumption Data

30 Day electricity Consumption Data

 

24 Hour Consumption View:

MyEyedro Electricity Usage Metering 24 hour Consumption Data

24 Hour Electricity Consumption Data

 

30 Day Peak Demand View:

MyEyedro Electricity Usage Metering 30 Day Peak Demand Data

30 Day Peak Electricity Demand Data

 

Instantaneous Demand View:

MyEyedro Electricity Usage Metering Instantaneous Peak Demand Data

Instantaneous Peak Electricity Demand Data

How I Lowered My Electric Bill (Almost) Instantly

How I Lowered My Electric Bill (Almost) Instantly

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 Real-Time Electricity Monitoring

Eyedro Home Electricity Monitor: Daily Consumption in kWh

 

MyEyedro Cost Savings Summary

Eyedro Home Electricity Monitor: Daily Cost Savings