This innovative technology allows electricity use of specific appliances such as fridges and televisions to be monitored on screen and online, giving householders even greater awareness of energy consumption and potential to reduce the impact of cash-guzzling devices.
Current Cost, the leading global manufacturer of real-time displays (RTDs), has released new home technology which provides detailed information about the energy usage of everyday household items, arming householders with information which can help them to cut energy wastage, cut costs and lessen their environmental impact.
IAMs (Individual Appliance Monitors) are a plug-in device which work in conjunction with Current Cost home energy monitors, enabling users to accurately track the cost of running any household appliance with a standard three pin plug.
The IAM is one of the newest products in the energy specialist's range of innovative technologies and has been designed to better enable UK householders to identify energy wastage. Up to nine individual appliances can be monitored through a single display unit. The resulting data can then be viewed either on-screen or online via a PC, laptop or smart phone when using the Current Cost NetSmart device.
At present, the NetSmart connects to Current Cost monitors enabling the whole-of-house energy data plus temperature reading to be sent to an online dashboard. The manufacturer's new NetSmart Pro will not only allow users to view their whole of house energy usage data, but, also allow them to view the energy usage of specific areas of the home monitored by IAMs, identifying areas that are excessively consuming power.
"Like all our devices, the IAM has been designed to heighten user knowledge and can help them further understand how energy may be being wasted, even when appliances are not in use but left on standby," says Current Cost Managing Director, Martin Dix.
"Our new NetSmart Pro device will make it possible to post individual appliance usage online, graph the usage and compare its efficiency with other household appliances. With the release of the Pro service it will also be possible for users to monitor their energy usage via our Facebook application. Consumers will be able to use the medium of Social Networking through Facebook to monitor and share their energy usage with friends and family while exchanging energy saving tips."
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Notes to Editors
Current Cost was founded in 2004 and is the UK's most experienced manufacturer of real time displays for monitoring domestic electricity usage. The company continues to lead the market in innovation and was the first manufacturer to supply RTDs to the Top Six energy companies. Current Cost continues to lead the market in innovative RTD design and is the largest supplier worldwide, with over 1.8 million monitors installed to-date. C2 proprietary technology is found in all the company's range of devices and is available in individual recognition plugs, standard meters and load management devices. The information gathered by the C2 software can be downloaded to a PC or as a part web application, so that households, housing associations and any other organisation can track improvement in energy efficiency and wastage reduction.
PRESS INFORMATION/August 2011
The Whiteoaks Consultancy