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wickrush
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Posted - 02/24/2017 :  01:39:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone here heard of an energy management software? It is said to reduce energy consumption, predict electrical system performance and optimize energy usage to reduce cost. Can this software be used at home or only in businesses?

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Posted - 02/24/2017 :  12:22:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit stusviews's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Energy management requires both hardware and software, but it can't, by itself, reduce energy consumption. It can, however, inform you of where you can reduce energy use.

Brultect is a good place to start your search.

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EVIL Teken
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Posted - 03/03/2017 :  11:17:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Energy Management as noted by Stu involves hardware, software, and a change in user behavior. The three major contributors of energy consumption is heating, cooling, and hot water. There isn't one specific area that can meet all goals with respect to energy reduction / consumption.

It takes a concerted effort to understand energy management is a *System* of many elements. Some bullet points for those interested in the very same pursuit.

- Proper insulation of the building envelope
- Tight building envelope to reduce air leakage / infiltration
- Passive heating / cooling
- Mass / density to absorb and release radiated energy
- Energy Star appliances and loads
- Grouping like chores into one session
- Proper shading using eves, trees, bushes, fencing, etc
- ToU (Time of Use) for those who subscribe to such billing - Always perform chores in the lower rates
- Remove, replace, vampire draw items in the home or limit their hourly standby
- Apply the correct roof shingle color and media to off set / promote heat & cooling needs
- Install passive solar vents to evacuate hot air in the attic. This reduces heat soaking and thus reduces cooling demands and needs.


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wickrush
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Posted - 03/26/2017 :  8:11:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A friend recommended an energy management solution that they use in their company. I'm wondering if they're solely for businesses or if homeowners can use them too.
Anyway, thanks for your replies and that bullet list is really helpful!
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Geo
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Posted - 04/03/2017 :  09:56:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Software and/or hardware are merely tools possessing the intelligence of a hammer - until somebody programs them. If you can figure out how to save energy, a computer can but does not have to automate those repetitive tasks for you. It may collect data and suggest where waste might be, but if you don't provide your own input you will just rely on some unknown programmer's ideas which may not be suitable for you at all.

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