Mod­er­ate in­vest­ment

Element - - Saving Power -

Smart me­ter­ing: Smart me­ter­ing sys­tems give the abil­ity to get power con­sump­tion data, in the form of en­ergy us­age graphs – right down to the hour. This year Ge­n­e­sis En­ergy, in its To­mor­row Street ini­tia­tive, launched HomeiQ, a set of sin­gle and multi-plug boxes that com­mu­ni­cate wire­lessly to a cen­tral ‘brain’ which is then con­nected to the in­ter­net as well as an in-home dis­play unit. It makes it pos­si­ble to re­motely con­trol your home. The idea is that HomeiQ will be used in com­bi­na­tion with the ad­vanced me­ters that pro­vide halfhourly, daily and weekly power use in­for­ma­tion.

Low flow: Wa­ter ef­fi­cient shower head. A low-flow shower head (run­ning at 6 – 9 litres per minute) can save $120 a year.

In­su­late your cylin­der: In­su­lat­ing your hot wa­ter cylin­der (if it’s not an A-grade cylin­der) will cost about $100, and will save you $50 a year.

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