Energy monitoring in a net zero energy house

Within the past years many new home energy monitoring systems have emerged on the market. These systems help you to measure, analyze and control energy usage by individual circuits and appliances so you can see how much power each appliance is using and how much money each costs to operate.

These energy monitors collect, store and organize big amounts of data to generates specific recommendations to help you reduce usage and save money. Many studies have shown a reduction in home energy use of up to 20% just through use of home energy monitor.

The point behind home energy monitoring is that we can only start to save energy and money when we clearly see how we ‘re using and wasting it.  An energy monitoring tool should be installed in each net zero energy home.

One of the options is to try the Google PowerMeter. It is a free energy monitoring application that allows you to view your home’s energy consumption online.
http://www.google.com/powermeter/about/