Energy consumption is something that everybody would like to improve. Whether you’re a business owner looking for ways to save money or a homeowner looking to minimize your carbon footprint, the only way that you can reduce your energy consumption is by knowing how much energy you’re using.

In today’s blog, we are going to touch on a few of the ways that you can track your energy consumption so that you can better recognize the areas that need improvement. Let’s dive right in.

Gather Data

One of the easiest ways to get an idea of how much energy you’ve consumed will be by gathering the data of the months prior. It’s not as difficult as some may guess to get this information. A majority of the time, this information can be found in your bills. Some energy companies may even provide you with a month-by-month comparison of your usage. Again, how can you make any changes without first knowing where you stand? By gathering this information, you are sure to start off on the right foot.

Invest in Hardware

If you’re interested in getting more information about your current energy consumption, looking into some of the hardware options is worth considering. There are various types of hardware that are designed to monitor energy consumption for a variety of power-related areas. Hardware isn’t always an affordable means of monitoring your energy consumption. Depending on how dedicated you are to following the energy that you use, this may or may not be something you’re interested in.

Software Options

When you’re not dedicated enough to purchase hardware that tracks your energy consumption, know that there are software options that could provide you with some information as well. While it may not be as detailed, there are countless software options for you to take advantage of.

In this age of technology, there are also plenty of apps that are quick and easy to download and can provide you with a basic idea of how much energy you are consuming. Given that there is such a selection, and there are countless ways for you to minimize energy consumption, you might need to try a couple of different apps to find out which option suits your needs best.

Create a Schedule of Energy Consumption

If you’re looking for a simple way to track your energy consumption, creating a schedule is a great way to learn more. Both homes and businesses should be on a schedule to help make the most of the energy they are consuming. If you don’t currently have a schedule, then you may not be fully aware of how much, or how often, energy is being wasted.

Energy schedules should be created for the HVAC system, lights, and devices that your business uses. In some instances, water may need to be tracked as well. If you’re just starting to build a schedule for your business, start by accounting for the busiest times of the day or the times where people will be home. This small step will help you get a hold of the energy that you’re using on a daily basis and provide you with some more control.

Schedule an Energy Audit

If you’re genuinely interested in getting an idea of how much energy you’re using and how you can improve your energy consumption, the best way to do so is by having a full energy audit completed. There are so many different ways in which energy is wasted, and many of them go unseen.

If you are looking at your energy bills and you’re not entirely sure where energy is being wasted but can tell that it is, the help of a professional is a must. With the help of a professional energy consumption team, you can feel confident in the information that you have and the suggested changes that they provide you with. Our team will look at all of the energy consumption factors within your home or business so that you get a full idea of what your energy usage looks like.

Contact Energy Network Solutions

The team at Energy Network Solutions is happy to provide full-service energy consulting. We provide business owners and homeowners alike with the information needed to make a change in the right direction. Contact our team today to learn more about the services that we offer or to schedule your energy consultation.