How to Install an Energy System
Have you ever considered how many different forms of energy you use? For example, look around the home; you probably have electric irons, washing machines, a cooker, a toaster and lights, and you may well have a gas hob, central heating that is powered by gas, or perhaps even wood pellet burning systems. Then there’s your car: it will likely use two primary energy systems – petrol to power its internal combustion energy, and a battery for the ancillaries.
Why are we talking about this? Well, for anyone looking at installing an energy system – whether it may be a heating system, electrical circuit or other – it is essential to know the difference. Energy comes in many shapes and forms, and its usage is a major talking point in the 21st century.
We have long known that our primary sources of fuel – coal and oil, which are mineral deposits formed millions of years ago – are not going to last for ever. Exactly when they will run out is debateable, but the simple fact remains that they will, and that’s why alternative energy sources are being investigated and more widely used.
You may be looking to install solar power on your home or commercial premises, or perhaps a wind turbine in your garden. Both are good ideas if you are in the right place, but you also need to get to grips with your energy usage, and that means monitoring and measurement.
In truth, the best way to install an energy system of any type is to get the experts to do it. Someone who understands the system they are putting into place will be able to give you an accurate idea of cost and method, and this is where we talk about measurements. The first thing an expert will do if, for example, you want to install a solar power feature in your home is carry out a survey of your energy usage, and suitability.
This will be done using the correct devices and equipment and it is in this area in the first instance that accuracy is the key. In any situation where something needs to be measured, accuracy is always of paramount importance, and while the experts will be able to tell how much energy you are using, your home energy meter may not be quite as accurate.
In fact, it is not unusual for people who investigate such systems to discover that they have been paying over the odds for their gas or electricity usage for some time, thanks to an inaccurate meter. This is why you should have your meter checked and calibrated on a regular basis, as it could save you a lot of money in the long run.This is why calling in the experts at Power Meters can be of huge help.
A reputable installer will survey the scene, check the usage, and give you a thorough and accurate assessment of the type of system that will do the job you need (and if it is not the right way forward for you, they should be more than happy to tell you!) They do this by tried and tested methods, using correctly calibrated meters and measuring devices, and the expertise that they have from past installations.
Once all of your information has been gathered, processed and evaluated, you should be able to decide whether to go ahead with your new energy system, whatever it may be that you require. Remember, while the meters that monitor your usage will be accurate in the beginning, there is every chance that they will drift from that accuracy over time, so have them calibrated along with all your other meters, and save yourself a lot of money.