Your electricity bill: you pay it every month, but this is about all you know about it. What makes your electric bill so high and what can you do to better manage your energy usage?
• The average American home uses roughly 1,379 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity a year
• The average cost of residential electricity is 12¢ per kWh
• Most utility rates are tiered, meaning the excessive use is billed at a higher rate
As you add appliances and other energy-guzzling devices to your home, it will consume more and more electricity and thus cost you more and more money. The largest energy wasters, on average, are refrigerators and lights, which consume about 66% of all the electricity in the residential sector. Additionally, air conditioning accounts for about 16%, space heating about 10%, and water heating about 9%.
If only there was a way to more efficiently monitor your home’s energy usage…
Wait, there is!
Many security alarm companies – including Alarm.com – have begun to offer easy home energy management solutions, known as smart meters, as a way to add value to their traditional alarm and monitoring services and grab new customers at the same time. These “smart” thermostats interface with home security systems and allow homeowners to control their energy remotely through a smart phone or other device that connects to the Internet.
If you have any questions about this energy saving option or wish to set up a consultation with one of our security experts, please contact Chesapeake Systems Services, Inc. – an Alarm.com authorized dealer – by calling 800-205-4909 or click here today!
Chesapeake Systems Service, Inc. is conveniently located in Annapolis Junction, MD. We proudly serve, but are not limited to, the following counties through out Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Calvert County, Charles County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Fairfax County, Loudon County, Harford County, Prince George’s County, and Queen Anne County.