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Energy Saving Devices: Do They Work?

June 22, 2010

Even before the Global Financial Crisis rolled in waves throughout the country and across the globe, people have been looking for innovative and practical ways to conserve energy. This scenario is through even on various states like Texas where Energy Deregulation has been the norm for a considerable number of years now, giving residents the Power to Choose their Retail Electric Providers.

The need for energy saving measures continues to be one of the most important considerations in Texas and in various states and would continue to be a regular practice unless really cheap electricity is ever produced for mass distribution. Several energy saving devices have come out in the market in a bid to help homes and businesses achieve their aim in conserving Texas electricity. The question that arises however is whether these energy saving devices actually work or not.

The following are some of the energy saving devices that are available in the market. Some would actually help residents save on their Texas electric bills, while others do not deliver on what they claim to do in helping save energy. It would be up to the users to study which devices would work for them and would cater to their needs, while being very careful not to fall prey to bogus devices that claim energy savings that appears too good to be true.

* Meters and Other Monitoring Devices

People can do a lot more if they can actually measure or monitor something and this holds true with energy. Meters are practical energy saving devices that can help you monitor your electricity consumption as well as other energy utilities. Thermostats are some of the most common and can help you monitor temperature levels of cooling appliances as well as determine poorly insulated sections of a home or a building. Gas meters and electrical meters can do the same thing, providing owners their actual energy usages and consumptions.

Other monitoring devices can be the plug-in electrical monitor type used for individual electrical devices or appliances, or it can be a more sophisticated electricity monitor that can measure full-house usages and consumptions. Such devices are also used to monitor for any electrical leaks in appliances and lines by monitoring any drain or consumption when all known electrical devices have been turned off.

* Indirect Home Energy Saving Devices

These devices are originally intended for a different purpose but its use will have indirect results in energy and electricity savings. One of the best examples is a light dimmer switch. Its main purpose is to reduce the intensity of light in a particular area, but in doing so it would also result in less electricity consumed by the lighting equipment. Other devices include automatic timers, timer switches, infrared-activated switches, motion-activated switches, power bars with surge protectors, and in some more sophisticated abodes – home automation systems.

* Direct Home Energy Saving Devices

On the other hand, devices that are intended to conserve electricity are the direct home energy saving devices. These devices are proven to save a certain percentage of energy when used as compared to standard functioning of a device or appliances. Such energy saving devices include: programmable thermostats that can set and maintain temperature to comfortable and cost-saving minimum comfortable levels; stand-by power savers which cut power to an appliances when idle or not in use; thermally controlled switches that shuts a particular device on or off based on a pre-set temperature level; and air conditioner energy saving devices, which turns off the compressor when the cooling coils are already thermodynamic ally saturated.

* Bogus Home Energy Saving Devices

And then there are these bogus or questionable devices that claim outrageous energy savings from 10% or up to 30% or even more. These devices cost a considerable amount and can come as a plug-in device or installed through the circuit breakers. However, homeowners should be wary of using these devices and make sure that they actually save energy – which means less wattage consumption and less carbon footprint – and not just correct the inaccuracy of measurements by your power meters.

These devices also work on inductive loads like motors only like a blender or a fan and would have no significant impact on resistive loads such as heating and lighting devices. So, it would be really worth your while to carefully study what these devices can really do before committing yourself to spending hundreds or even thousands – and have minimal impact on your electricity and energy savings in the long run.

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