Tips on How to Save Energy and Money without a “Smart” Meter

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions

I came across a brochure from providing a list of “easy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy.”
I like the mention of “no-cost” ways to save energy since smart meters cost billions and billions of dollars to deploy and expose consumers and society to significant risks that smart meter to lower your energy bills.

Well, I don’t need a smart meter to save energy.  If you perform any number of the actions listed below (courtesy of the Department of Energy), you will save energy and money.  By reviewing your next monthly utility bill, you’ll get an idea of how much you saved.

How simple and easy can it be … and without the added costs and risks related to deploying billions of dollars in “smart” meters?

In fact, in pilot studies showing savings by having smart meters, what they actually do is provide you this (or similar) list of things to do to save energy and then later take credit for your actions as somehow related to the smart meter.  (That’s cheating!)

Tips to Save Energy. … No Smart Meter Required

Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.

  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
  • Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use — TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Air dry clothes.
  • Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products.  ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
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K.T. Weaver is a health physicist who was employed in the nuclear division of a leading electric utility for over 25 years.  He served in various positions, including Station Health Physicist, Senior Health Physicist, corporate Health Physics Supervisor, and corporate Senior Technical Expert for  Radiobiological Effects.  K.T. has earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering with a specialty in radiation protection. 
K.T. Weaver also serves as a consumer protection advocate using the name of “SkyVision Solutions.”  SkyVision Solutions provides awareness information, analysis, and commentary on the benefits versus costs and risks related to smart grid technology.  SkyVision Solutions operates the Smart Grid Awareness website and utilizes this technology-oriented platform as its primary mechanism to document and convey smart grid awareness information to the public and other interested parties.
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