Energy Data the Easy Way
All appliances/devices have unique electrical signatures. These unique signatures can now be identified using electronic monitoring at a macro level. Previously, information needed about a specific appliance required a recorder at the device. Having multiple data recorders is costly and does not provide a method to automatically aggregate the information allowing for a view of the ‘big’ picture.
Although there are various types of equipment on the market to help track energy usage, Sense™, is different. Electric energy measuring recorders capture and calculate energy using voltage readings and current readings. They require a connection to a breaker for the voltage readings and use current transformers to capture amperage readings. Sense™ uses advanced algorithms to monitor electric usage in a 240V single-phase environment. It ‘listens’ to the unique electrical signatures and records them over time.
Within days or weeks of installing, Sense™ can determine which appliances/devices are using electricity, how much is used and when by analyzing the recorded data millions of times a second. Sense™ records and tracks energy and makes the data available through a wireless connection to an app on your (iOS or Android) phone or tablet. The real-time and historical data allows you to analyze trends in usage, detect anomalies and make modifications that can save you money. Sense™ is available for $299 and installs at your panel box. For more information visit their website. Visit SECOEnergy.com to learn more about our services or for additional energy saving tips.
Help as Close as Your Fingertips
At SECO Energy we understand the importance of our commercial and industrial members and are happy to provide you with a great resource – your Key Accounts Consultant. Taking advantage of this representative means you have your own advocate – someone to personally assist you in a variety of ways.
Your Key Accounts Consultant is your single point-of-contact available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They can initiate and expedite resolution of your concerns, provide yearly rate reviews, give advice on security deposits, arrange for energy audits, initiate new service requests, electrical upgrades and more. During a power outage, they will open the lines of communication to help you plan. In addition, your representative can assist you with a wealth of information through both SECO and Touchstone Energy.
Touchstone Energy is a nationwide network of more than 750 local member-owned electric co-ops dedicated to providing its members with safe, reliable and affordable electricity across 45 states. Together we form the largest electric utility in the country. Connecting the people of America’s electric cooperatives to benefit members and their communities.
As a member of the Touchstone Energy network all the resources available to SECO Energy are available to you. One in particular you may find extremely useful is The Business Energy Advisor. The Business Energy Advisor is a great tool offering in-depth energy management articles, case studies and infographics. The Business Energy Advisor includes The Energy Resource Library. This great resource provides specific information for a number of different business types and technologies. It also offers money saving energy advice for your business. Check it out today.
Reporting an Area Light for Repair
Typically, three things go wrong with an area light. The light is completely out, the light is always on, or the light flickers. If you discover a light with any of these problems, jot down the GIS number of the pole with the light. The number should be mounted vertically at eye level. The pole designation will be four to six black numbers on a yellow metal background.
If there is more than one light on the pole, tie a ribbon around the light with the knot on the same side as the light that is malfunctioning. If both lights are out, leave the knot in the middle.
Once you have the number, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call SECO’s automated outage hotline at 1-800-732-6141. To request additional lighting at your location, contact your account representative.
Member Spotlight: Novelty Crystal
Novelty Crystal in Groveland, Florida, is one of two facilities nationwide manufacturing, warehousing and distributing high quality plastic serving ware of all types. Novelty Crystal has been in business since 1961 with their corporate office/manufacturing facility in Long Island City, New York. The Groveland manufacturing operation opened in 1989 and serves as the company’s sales hub.
From the very beginning, Novelty Crystal has been committed to meeting customer needs through product development, quality manufacturing and at the lowest possible cost. Today they are the largest source for plastic serving ware on the internet. Because Novelty Crystal offers direct to consumer pricing you can save time and money.
The Novelty Crystal catalog consists of hundreds of items ranging from bowls, cake servers, drinkware, stemware, ice buckets, trays, plates, platters, serving utensils, insulated tumblers, coffee mugs and more. Products can be customized with artwork and imprinted to meet a variety of needs. Their primary customers include party stores, supermarkets (in both the retail and on the supply side), food service distribution (non-foods goods), caterers, event planners, party rental, gift shops, gourmet stores, hardware stores, variety stores, nightclubs, bars, and theme parks. They also offer direct to individual prices.
Whether you need one item or a thousand, want plain plastic or something that looks like high-end cut crystal or even a special personalized promotional piece, this Central Florida retailer can meet your needs. For more information visit their website.