Vacation home electric way too high for years.

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For years, the electric bill (from our electric baseboard heaters) in our vacation home was way too high, even when the house was unoccupied. There were obviously things that I didn’t understand, but nobody could offer any advice. Even though Sense could be better at detecting devices, I was able to monitor the overall usage, flip breakers, do some experiments, and determine that those unnecessary heating zones were making up a huge portion of my bill. It took a little bit of effort, but using Sense along with smart plugs, a Wi-Fi thermostat, Wi-Fi thermometers, and some oil-filled radiant heaters allowed me to cut my winter electric bill in half!

Overachieving hot water circulator

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I reviewed the historical data for my water heater as it is my #2 winter energy draw. I found on the power meter many reheats of the tank during the hours when no one is awake or using hot water. Further investigation showed my hot water recirculating pump ran intermittently at all hours – triggering frequent middle of the night reheats on the water heater. Simply setting the water circulating pump not to operate during times when we are asleep stopped the excessive middle of the night reheats. I now start the circulating pump one hour before we normally arise to ensure hot showers.