Building Energy Monitors
Building Energy Monitors -Chugach Electric Association’s Smart Power program offers Building Energy Monitor (BEM) devices to its members. BEMs are a series of devices that communicate with one another and the electric meter to display real-time consumption data, both online and on an in-home display screen. This real-time display can help people understand what time of day they are experiencing high consumption as well as which devices or appliances are increasing their bills. Users can also use the remote wireless interface to turn devices on and off. BEMs are ‘Smart Grid’ technology, providing end users with more control and better information about their consumption.
Chugach’s BEM loan program allows members to borrow a ‘Tendril’ BEM device package for up to six months. After upgrading to a meter that can communicate with the BEM, users pick up their equipment at Chugach’s headquarters on Electron Drive. The equipment is then plugged in at the home location. Within minutes users can register their devices, login online and create a home profile to view their home’s consumption remotely and in real time. To date, 135 households have participated in Chugach’s BEM loan program. For more information about Chugach’s BEM loan program contact Chugach’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Specialist at 762-4336 or visit Chugach’s website at http://www.chugachelectric.com/energy_efficiency.html