Living with TED 5000

Since I installed my TED 5000 home energy monitor about a week ago, I have learned quite a bit about my electricity usage patterns in a pretty short time. I have been averaging between 14-17 KwH per day (which would be 420-510 Kwh for the month). The lowest real time usage I have seen so far is 225 watts, while the highest has been 5520 watts! It turns out that my electric oven uses about 4000 watts. Other energy hogs include the electric toaster (900 watts), the furnace blower fan (800 watts), and and my 40” Sony LCD TV at about 250 watts.

The amazing thing about the TED 5000 is that it accurately updates real time energy usage every second. I can turn off a CFL light, and see the overall usage go down by 12 watts in about a second. I signed up with Google PowerMeter today, so I can see the real time and historical usage over the Internet. Part of me is afraid I am becoming too much like Ed Begley, Jr. on Living with Ed. I actually enjoy his show, but I am not nearly as dedicated as he is.

Below is the minute by minute Kw and voltage readings for my house over the last twelve hours. Red is voltage and blue is Kw usage. The huge spike just before 5:00PM is the electric oven being turned on. The seesaw pattern though most of the day shows the effect of the furnace blower motor cycling on and off. It is in the mid thirties in Parker today, and I have my programmable thermostat set to 66 degrees for the day during the weekend. My furnace is a ten year old Amana that is 95 percent efficient. One thing I have been considering is replacing it with a new unit that has two stages and has a two speed fan.

I have noticed that my baseline electric usage is typically around 300 watts when the furnace blower is not running, but I have seen it as low as 225 watts. I have a few items that are on for 24 hours a day, such as an Energy Star refrigerator, a cable modem, a D-Link DIR-655 wireless-N router, three D-Link DGS-2205 Gigabit Ethernet switches, a homebuilt Windows Home server, and a DirectTV HD DVR. There are also a number of items (such as AV receivers, Blu-ray players, etc.) that are turned off, but still draw one or two watts each in standby mode. I have been considering getting a GreenSwitch to be able to completely turn off certain outlets from one switch at the door to the garage.

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2 Responses to Living with TED 5000

  1. Unknown says:

    How in the world do you only average 14-17 kwh? That is amazing. I consume that much over night (with heater / ac off). I\’ve ordered a TED as well and hope to find the culprit energy hogs at my house.

  2. Glenn says:

    Lots of CFLs, setback thermostat, Energy Star refrigerator, computers use Sleep mode, etc.

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