The modern age of consumer technology is a precarious dance of new, high energy demands and the need to follow energy conservation guidelines. Some experimental or large, industrial machines may be able to get away with massive power use for the sake of research and higher yields, but home tech owners need to worry about their personal power bill and budget. To understand how your tech actually impacts the bill, as well as ways that electricians can help, take a look at a few consumer technology power use details.
Energy Saving Systems And Modern Technology
Many home tech devices are designed with an already old set of energy saving policies and techniques in hand. Inventors, engineers, and developers who were born and raised after the inclusion of the Energy Star policy and management program are already experienced in designing systems, but there is still a long way to go for the sake of efficiency.
The function of most energy-saving systems are simple on the surface, and usually follow one of two key concepts:
- Shut off when target is achieved. This is often used in air conditioning systems when the unit shuts off the cooling or heating functions when a temperature is reached.
- Decrease power use when target is achieved. Many systems use decreasing instead of complete shutdown for a smoother user experience. Computers that "sleep" after a certain amount of time are actually in a low power mode that saves your progress for most programs and can be started without losing most information. Some air conditioning systems achieve this by keeping the fan system on, but shutting off the heating or cooling function.
If your devices lack these functions, they can be improved. One way to force efficiency on certain systems is by using a battery system such as an Uninterruptible Power Supply to store a set amount of power and operate for a certain amount of time, and can also keep your devices on standby power in the event of an outage for a limited time.
There are also time switches that can set a limit on how much power can be used over time. Some are simple "egg timer" types with a set duration range, while others can be programmed with more specific time slots.
Electrician Assistance For Electrical Efficiency
You can't do much with your electronics if they don't have the proper energy-saving systems installed. Although there are some products such as time switches that can limit power usage, it doesn't mask the fact that some devices simply draw too much power.
Before running out to buy every new product, consult with an electrician for the basics. Not all energy consumption facts are plain and simple, even if the wattage and energy conservation labels are displayed prominently on the back of the device. An electrician can help you figure out the actual usage and suggest an alternative.
For example, an electrician may find power supplies that may have power saving features, but include "special circumstances" for extra power use when using features that you can't avoid. Normal operation versus special features can be a tricky task to figure out without thorough testing.
If your home's lighting flickers a lot or sparks when devices are connected, you want to avoid power loss, further wiring damage, or data loss from corruption caused by unplanned shutdowns. Contact an electrician like those at Craftsman Electric Inc for an home energy management inspection and analysis.