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Method for a home electricity monitoring system

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008167D
Publication Date: 2002-May-22
Document File: 3 page(s) / 164K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a home electricity monitoring system. Benefits include improved functionality.

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Method for a home electricity monitoring system

Disclosed is a method for a home electricity monitoring system. Benefits include improved functionality.

Background

              The rising cost of electricity is a growing concern for many residential users. Their only source for information about how much electricity costs them is their monthly electricity bill. The disclosed method enables users to know how much electricity devices are using on a regular basis. Users can adjust their usage habits to meet their spending goals.

General description

              The disclosed method is a network of devices for the home that are installed between an electrical outlet and the power cord of an electrical appliance/device. They measure the amount of electricity being used by each electrical device/appliance and communicate through the electrical wiring in the residence to a PC. Software on the PC informs the user of the amount of electrical consumption by time for each device and how much money the consumed electricity costs.

              The key elements of the method include:

·        Small device with female power plug on one side and male plug on the opposite side

·        PC software

Advantages

      The advantages of the disclosed method include:

·        Capability to adjust appliance/device usage according to cost of electricity (for example, the cost of leaving lights/TVs/stereos on when no one is in the room)

·        Capability to monitor appliance/devices usage for defects (for example, a sudden spike in the electrical usage of a refrigerator may suggest the door lining has been damaged and needs to be repaired)...