Energy Use Apps

We love the way technology has advanced in our industry! Yes, you can now even use your smartphone when it comes to HVAC! Not only are you able to change the comfort of your home with your smartphone, but now you’re able to monitor your energy use.  Using the data collected in these apps, you will be equipped to make smarter decisions about your air conditioning usage to conserve energy and save money.

  • Kill-Ur-Watts: For iPhone and iPad, Kill-Ur-Watts uses Green Button Connect to access data provided by your utility company (where available). With the app, you can view, track, and manage your residential electricity use. You’ll receive energy-savings tips, see where your energy dollars are going and how your household’s energy use compares with others.
  • Energy Consumption Analyzer: For Android, Windows and iPhone, the Energy Consumption Analyzer app helps you track your energy usage. Add meters for gas, electricity and water and record your meter readings, and the app will graph your energy use, showing you the rate of consumption.
  • Energy Tracker: For Android, Windows and iPhone, this app helps you avoid unnecessary energy expenses by monitoring how much energy your system uses. This App will also export the data gathered into an Excel file for you. This app costs $0.99.
  • Energy Cost Calculator:  For Android, Windows and iPhone, this app helps users calculate operating costs and energy usage of electric equipment and machinery, including carbon emissions. Input how many hours of energy used per day and this app will spit out an estimated bill for the month!

If you’re in need of more HVAC advice or any services that pertain to your system, contact us at Poorman’s Heating and Air.

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Water Heater Worries

We all enjoy a nice shower, clean laundry and sparkling dishes but we don’t always appreciate the extended use of hot water that’s necessary for these “luxuries.”  Did you know that there are several ways you can use your hot water heater a little wiser in order never run low.

  • Check the Water Heater Thermostat

    Your water heater’s thermostat is likely set higher than really needed. Many manufacturers set their thermostats at 140°F, but most households are comfortable with a water temperature around 120°F. If your water heater’s thermostat is set at 140°F, you could be wasting up to $61 each year through standby heat losses while your water heater stores water at a hotter temperature, and as much as $400 in demand losses as you use water that is hotter than needed!

  • Insulate Your Water Heater

    Insulating your hot water storage tanks and hot water lines will help you retain more heat and limit energy loss. While insulating the hot water pipes within walls can be cost-prohibitive, you can easily install insulated pipe sleeves on the water lines that extend from your water heater or that are installed in an accessible crawl space or basement. This improvement can save you around $12 each year and help you conserve water, as you won’t have to wait as long for hot water to reach your showerhead or sink faucets.
    Insulating your hot water storage tank can be done with an insulation blanket, which you can purchase from your local hardware store.

  • Fix the Leaks

    Hot water leaks from your sink faucets, shower heads, and tub faucets account for both energy and water waste. A hot water leak at a rate of one drop each second amounts to 1,661 gallons of water each year, at a cost of $35 in energy! If you notice leaks, fix them right away rather than ignoring them.

If you’re in need of a water heater overhaul, contact us at Poorman’s Heating and Air!