Bwired Energy Usage and Home Automation
Bwired Energy Usage And Home Automation
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One of the best ways to start reducing your energy usage
is to track
exactly how much electricity you use using a plug-in power meter
or wireless energy monitor
. When you can see exactly where electricity is being used, it is much easier to understand how you can reduce your consumption.
Unfortunately domestic energy monitors
which can be connected to a computer (and the internet) so that data collected can be plotted on graphs, processed, and analysed are few and far between - the Wattson Energy Meter
being a notable (but expensive) exception. Therefore, if you would like to track in great detail your energy consumption
you will need to use your ingenuity and DIY skills!
Bwired Home Automation Showcase
There is no better resource
on the internet for anyone interested in advanced home energy tracking
- a home automation
showcase. On this inspirational
website vast amounts of information is provided on monitoring, analysing, and presenting electricity
, and water
In this automated home
located in The Netherlands, the electricity meter, gas meter, and water meter are all monitored using small sensors
connected to an RFXMeter
- a device which counts and stores incoming pulses from the sensors. It then transmits the collected data at frequent intervals to an RFX receiver
(wirelessly). This receiver is connected to a computer where the data is added to a database
for analysis and presentation.
Individual electrical appliances
such as the fridge, dishwasher, television etc are all plugged into Plugwise
system sockets. These sockets track
energy consumption much like a standard plug-in energy monitor, but they can also be controlled remotely (and automatically) and transmit electricity consumption readings in real time
. This enables phantom loads
(devices left on standby
etc) to be identified quickly and turned off, and usage patterns to be analysed.
Click here to visit the Plugwise website.
For those interested in reducing
the amount of water used when they flush
, wireless sensors have even been fitted to the dual flush toilet
so that its usage can be tracked. The collected data is shown graphed above.
See our articles Save Water When Flushing Toilet
and Flush Toilet with Rainwater
for more information.
Visit the Bwired Website
The Bwired website
is found here, and the Bwired Forum
is here. Both come highly recommended.
Article Last Modified: 10:35, 2nd Sep 2008
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