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Remote Home Control with Z-Wave®

Remote home control with Z-Wave is a new idea. It can offer all the same benefits of a powerful, custom hard wired control system, but it offers the flexibility of controlling your devices individually by wireless controls. Thanks to its modular design and its extensive interoperability*, you can use Z-Wave to control any specific control task around your house, without having to invest in an elaborate, all-encompassing home control system. With Z-Wave, you can easily and inexpensively create customized control solutions for any room or situation, and add new ones to your home over time.

 

A Modular Approach To Home Control
Z-Wave lets you build your control system as your needs grow. As just one example, let's say you started by adding Z-Wave remote control to your home lights. You can easily program them to shut off when you're at work, and turn back on to welcome you when you return home, saving energy and money. You could then introduce more functions to this basic setup. Just add Z-Wave to your garage door and your home entry lights. While you were at work if your garage door was accidentally left open, it automatically closed it for you. When you arrive home from work, push a button and all your Z-Wave devices will work in concert -- the garage door will open, your entryways will light up, and your front door will unlock. You can even operate any of the Z-Wave operated systems from any smart phone, Ipad or computer in the world! How's that for remote control?

Once you're inside, your home can welcome you with just the mood you want. Z-Wave can have your favorite music playing for you on arrival, and the thermostat set to your preferred temperature. While you were away, Z-Wave made sure the lawn sprinkler watered your lawn on schedule. If it had rained, you could have bypassed the sprinkler from work, from a PC or even a cell phone. When you're ready to call it a night, a single button could turn off your house lights, activate your security system, turn down the thermostat, lock the doors, turn on the bedroom humidifier, and set up the coffee pot to greet you with a fresh cup when you awake.

All with one button. All added easily and inexpensively to your home. All with no new wiring. And all according to your budget and timetables, to meet your needs and your lifestyle. Z-Wave gives you simple, affordable, personalized control solutions. Isn't that what home control was supposed to be about?

Energy Saver

It's time to GO GREEN! Yes you can save money on your electric bill every month and help reduce emmissions from the utility company by using our Energy Saver!

Our Energy Saver is a small gray box that fits neatly next to your breaker panel saving you money month after month, year after year, protecting your home as well as your business. Residential & Commercial customers could realize savings of 8% - 15% typically and as much as 25% on their electrical usage.

How Does the Energy Saver Work?
The Energy Saver reduces the amount of power drawn from the utility by storing (in its capacitors) otherwise lost electricity (watts) caused by the inductive motors in your home. (Some examples of inductive motors are air conditioning units, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, pool pumps, vacuum cleaners, furnace blower motors, fans etc.) The technology applied by the Energy Saver supplies that stored electricity back to your inductive loads, thus causing you to decrease your demand from the utility. If you decrease your demand from the utility, your meter slows down, and you use less electricity. The thought is, you’ve already paid for that electricity, why pay for it and waste it when you can pay for it, store it, and reuse it again. This whole process is called power factor optimization.

What is Power Factor?
Power factor is the percentage of electricity that’s delivered to your house and used effectively, compared to what is wasted. For example, a 1.0 power factor means that all the electricity that’s being delivered to your home is being used effectively for its purpose. However, most homes in America today have a .77 power factor or less. This means that 77% of the electricity that is coming thru your meter at your home or business is being used effectively, the other 23% is being wasted by your inductive load. With a low power factor, the utility has to deliver more electricity to do the same work. However, the Energy Saver increases that power factor in most cases to .97 or .98, thus increasing the effective use of your electricity and lowering your usage.

Does the Energy Saver work in any home?
Yes it does, as long as you have a circuit breaker panel with breaker switches and not the old screw in type fuses, the unit will work on any single-phase electric application for homes. If you say "yes" to only two or more of the following then you could be saving a significant amount of money on your electric bill right now!

  1. Is your home over 2500 Square feet?
  2. Is your central air conditioner / heat pump unit 3 years or older?
  3. Is your forced air furnace 3 years or older?
  4. Do your electric utility bills ever exceed $250.00
  5. Do you have a pool? Do you have a well?
  6. Do you use a window unit air conditioner?
  7. Is your refrigerator / freezer not EnergyStar rated?
  8. Do you have more than one refrigerator / freezer?
  9. Is your washer / dryer not EnergyStar rated?
  10. Do you have a hot tub or a jacuzzi?/li>
  11. Is your dishwasher not EnergyStar rated?

Do you have a 3-phase Energy Saver for commercial and industrial applications?
Yes!

Will the Energy Saver affect any of my appliances and their normal use?
No, if anything, your motors will run about 10% cooler, which is good for a motor because heat is the enemy of a motor.

How much can I expect to save per month by using the Energy Saver?
That depends on many factors. The size of your home, the amount of inductive motor load, and the amount you are paying per kilowatt-hour for electricity etc. However, generally speaking users of the product have seen up to 25% in reduced consumption, but the average savings is somewhere in the 15% to 20% range.

How long will it take for the Energy Saver to pay for itself?
Generally about 6-12 months, but again, the same factors above apply, some will see sooner (6 months), some will see later (12 months).

Is the Energy Saver easy to Install?
Our prices include installation by our LICENSED electricians. The unit comes complete with full installation to your system. It installs in about 20-30 minutes.

How long will the EnergySaver last?
It has a predicted lifespan of up to 20 years.

Why haven’t I heard of these products until now?
That’s easy, two words “cost effectiveness”. Up until recently, electric rates throughout America were cheap, costing us 2, 3 or 4 cents per kilowatt-hour. Now, electric rates are 8, 10, 12, 14, and 19 and in some cases New York City is 22 cents per Kwh, and Hawaii is 33.5 cents per Kwh. At the cheaper rates the Energy Saver didn’t make sense, but at the current rates, it makes all the sense in the world.

What About Energy Saver for Surge Protection?
The Energy Saver also protects the entire home against power surges. No longer a need for so many surge protectors in the home. The ES 1200 provides a broad range of protection for hardwired appliances and most home electronics such as televisions, satellite equipment, entertainment systems, etc. The unit protects from power line surges as well as spikes caused by internal wiring problems, loose connections and fluctuating demand from large motors such as appliances, vacuum cleaners, heating and cooling equipment, etc.

Is the Energy Saver Warranted?
Yes, 5 year Manufacturers Warranty for full replacement.

Is there a "Money Back Guarantee"?
Yes, 90-day money back guarantee. If in 90 days, you don’t see reduction in usage on your electric bill, call us and let us know, and we’ll give you details on how to return the unit for a full refund of the purchase price. Installation cost will not be refunded.

Is this equipment UL Listed?
Yes! Our Energy Savers are UL & ULC certified.

 
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