Home energy monitoring has been a hot topic in the home energy efficiency sphere for the past few years. While monitoring your energy use doesn't save energy by itself, it's a great way to rein in your home's energy consumptino by increasing each member of your family's awareness of the energy they consume.
You may realize that the old fridge in the basement is using more energy than you thought. Heck, you may have even forgotten that the old fridge was down there, serving as nothing more than storage for a six-pack of skunked beer. Your energy monitor sniffs it out, you unplug it, and wa-la.
If you're using a more in-depth energy monitor, you may notice some other patterns that can help you cut back on energy usage: a closet light that you too-frequently leave turned on, phantom power from an entertainment system that accounts for more of your energy bill than you ever would have imagined, or maybe even a late-night teenage party when you're out of town and leave the kids home alone.
But, maybe you're not sure where to start, or what the best home energy monitoring product is for you.
Whether you're just interested in dipping your toes into the space, or if you're a seasoned home energy monitor yourself, looking to dig a little deeper, our new comprehensive guide to energy monitors should give you a pretty good idea of where you can go next.