Manage your energy use with apps
Tracking your steps, tracking your children, monitoring your banking activity or locating your parked car — these days, it seems there is an app for everything. If you are efficiency savvy and want to manage your energy use, there may be an app that works for you.
Following is a snapshot of a few energy-efficiency mobile apps. All of the apps mentioned are available for Apple and Android systems.
The SmartHub app enables members to see their hour-by-hour or day-by-day energy use, depending on the capabilities of the member's meter. Essentially, this app helps customers better understand how and when they use energy. For members who have solar generation equipment installed at their home, the app enables them to check their offset power compared to their purchased power.
Together We Save
Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives offers the Together We Save app, which enables users to calculate the energy use of many household appliances based on national averages. This free app includes roughly 100 calculators that determine the projected energy use and cost of particular appliances and activities. The app also offers 100 practical energy-saving tips.
Purchasing a smart thermostat for your home is a great way to begin managing your energy use, and using a companion app can help you get a more granular look at how heating and cooling your home impacts your utility bill.
Owned by Google, created by Nest Labs and linked only to the Nest thermostat, this free app has several useful features. You can adjust your home thermostat using your smart phone, iPad or iTouch — whether in your car or on your couch. App users can view and edit a thermostat schedule and keep an eye on how much energy is being used. You can also opt to receive extreme temperature alerts.
Like the Nest app, the Lennox iComfort app is only compatible with Lennox products — in this case, the Wi-Fi thermostat. Users can remotely control their home thermostat and other settings, and the app allows users to program the system to an energy savings “away mode” when no one is home. For example, you can select the settings you wish to run, then cancel the “away mode” as you return to ensure your home is comfortable when you arrive.
Your trusted energy resource
While these apps employ the latest technology, the next generation of energy apps will likely integrate across multiple platforms, managing your thermostat, appliances, water heater, home electronics and other devices from your smartphone. In the meantime, while app technology continues to evolve, your best resource for saving energy and money is your co-op.
PEC can provide guidance on energy savings based on your account information, and will even conduct a free energy audit. Explore the Ways to Save section for more conservation tips or contact us to learn more.