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Increasing your energy efficiency and cutting energy use adds to your bottom line. Electro Industries can help you do that with our power meters and smart grid technologies. Our products help provide revenue grade energy measurement, information on power quality and advanced telemetry data. Our power meters currently help staff in commercial buildings, industrial facilities, and substations keep tabs on energy use, energy quality and log energy data. It helps determine items like power use and cost per tenant.

Classroom training

You can use the right measurement tools that can provide you the data. However, not knowing how to properly use the tools makes its data meaningless. That’s where proper training enters the situation. Electro Industries provides its customers detailed training, therefore getting the most out of its devices.

Training Meetings
Electro offers two-day seminars that teach your staff all the features of our power meters and how to best utilize them. Your staff learns the flexible nature of these meters. When installed, the meters are matched to specific applications in your operations. Just as your needs change, you can adapt your use and application of our meters. This provides just one example of vital information your staff will learn.

What Training Covers
In our two-day seminar, Electro covers everything you need to know to get the most benefit out of our equipment. On the first day, you’ll get an introduction to:

  • Electro Industries/GaugeTech communication products,
  • Nexus line of power monitors,
  • Communicator EXT advanced power monitoring and analysis software.

We follow up the introductory day with a comprehensive second training day that enhances your product and technical application knowledge. You’ll learn the specific applications and technical functions of:

  • Communicator EXT,
  • Shark Series power meters.

You’ll receive hands on setup and troubleshooting training. Our trainers work for our company and work with the power meters daily. We don’t outsource, so you learn from our experts. We have developed a program to properly educate people how to read our meters.

Meeting Locations

Check our website for an up-to-date training calendar. Our next public training occurs on February 27 – 28, 2018 in Southern California. We welcome both current and potential customers. Not everyone can make it, another option is on-site training at your work location.

LOCATION: Vans Headquarters 1588 South Coast Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626

On-site Meetings
If you can’t make it to a public training, Electro could come to you. The best scheduling method combines the seminar with a field service call or startup installation. You can schedule a training seminar by calling 551-334-0870 or visiting Electro Industries website. We charge a reasonable fee for on-site training based on the number of training days and attendees.

Product knowledge promotes best product use. Get the most out of your power meters, sub-meters and smart grid technology by learning its every function and how to make Electro technology work for you.

We’re Hiring  – Apply Today


EIG has been around over 40 years. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for our amazing family within. Great minds and hard workers, the reasons we are the leaders in our field. At EIG, there is no limit to how far you can grow your career. We support each employee in expanding their knowledge base and experience to completely fulfill their personal goals. The only limits are the ones you put on yourself!

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Here are our current career opportunities at the time of this blog post:

IT Director:

In this role you will be in charge of a team of IT professionals. You’ll also manage the company’s technology operations and the implementation of new IT systems and policies. The goal is to ensure IT systems and people are effective and functioning. Being sure to keep them within the limits of budget, time and specifications of the company.

Entry-Level Sales Engineer:

In this position you will train with experienced engineers. You’ll work as part of the regional sales team to qualify leads. You will also work directly with customers to identify power monitoring projects. Also you’ll need to find solutions utilizing EIG’s power meters and energy management software. We are currently offering positions in the vicinities of Houston, Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, Seattle, and Long Island NY.

Field Support Engineer:

We take pride in the support we offer with our products and that support continually brings customers back to EIG. In this position you will work directly with customers providing technical assistance on the installation and operation of our products and software.

India Inside Sales Engineer:

In this position you will work with the regional sales team to qualify leads and work directly with customers to identify power monitoring projects.

International Sales Engineer:

In this position you will work as part of the international sales team to qualify leads and work directly with customers to identify power monitoring projects and find solutions utilizing EIG’s power meters and energy management software.

Quality Control Inspector:

We take pride in the quality of our product and that high quality starts and ends with our Quality Control Team. In this position you will perform inspections, checks, tests, and sampling of incoming materials, parts, PCB’s and discrete components used in the manufacturing of electronic devices both partially assembled and finished devices. You will also perform a review of device history records for the release of finished goods. The candidate must be familiar with ISO standards and be able to carry out internal audits.

Experience Sales Engineer:

In this position you will work as part of the regional sales team to qualify leads and work directly with customers to identify power monitoring projects and find solutions utilizing EIG’s power meters and energy management software. We are currently offering positions in the vicinities of Houston, Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, Seattle, and Long Island NY.

Electronic Technician:

Electro Industries, the leader in power monitoring and smart grid solutions, is looking for an Electronic Technician to troubleshoot electronic assemblies.

Junior Automation Engineers:

In this position, EIG needs someone to assist the automation and manufacturing engineering team with the design and maintenance of automated test equipment. This position is located at our corporate office in Westbury, NY.

 

If you feel any of these potential careers relate to your interest or expertise, please, click here to read more about each position and to apply today.

What is Making My Energy Bill So High?


Steps to Keep Heating Bills Under Control

It is that dreaded time of the year again. With winter in full swing, chances are that you have noticed that you energy bills are getting a bit higher. The dread that comes with opening up that energy bill can be decreased by just following a few easy steps. However, why are you bills so high in the first place?
saving money

Thermostat Control

Sometimes it really is as simply as setting your thermostat at one comfortable temperature and never touching it. As human beings we tend to want instant gratification and sometimes, when we have been outside in the cold especially, we want to get warm NOW. This usually means cranking up the heat when he first come from the elements in order to get warm instantly. Unfortunately, doing so can wreck havoc on your energy bill by your furnace or heating unit to use too much energy, too quickly. If you keep your house at once temperature you can say money on the monthly bill AND have less of a chance for your unit to go out more quickly.

Meter

It is always a good idea to have your meter checked for functionality and accuracy, especially if it an older one. Sometimes the meter is not recording your energy expenditure and if this is the case, you have the right to know. Check with your energy provider and ask them to check your meter and replace if faulty. At Electro Industries, we ensure that our meters are accurate and our digital meters are simply more reliable that analog.

Type of Heat

Try to avoid placing electric heaters all over the home. Sure, electric heating is convenient but most people do not know that it is far more expensive than gas or oil. By using something other than electric, like propane and natural gas, you can reduce your costs. It is also far better on the environment! Electric heating can get pricey.

These are just a few ideas that can explain why your heating bill might not be adding up. Remember, the best thing to do is leave your temperature steady during the winter months. Also, using accurate digital power meters that we specialize in is always going to be more accurate than an older, analog meter that is not calibrated. That means more money in your pocket!

Nexus Series – F.A.Q. Answered!


Today, we will be answering some frequently asked questions about our Nexus Series. If you feel like we missed anything in our answers below, please reach out to our support for any help at all at: 866-928-7908 or email us at: support@electroind.com.

How can I communicate with the Nexus 1250 meter?

The Nexus 1250 meter has four communication ports, three are designed to use the RS485 interface, and one is bidirectional between RS485, and RS232. For direct connections, it is easy to use the RS232 port, and a standard serial extension cable (straight), or using an RS485 to RS232 converter, such as our Unicom 2500, connect to any of the RS485 ports. The Nexus 1250 Meter can be remotely located, and using an external or the optional internal modem, be accessed across the PSTN with standard dial-up modems. The meter can also talk across a LAN or the Internet using the internal TCP/IP network interface. Additional interfaces include Modbus RTU, Modbus ASCII and DNP 3.0.

 

How do I get the GE SC-6 (USB to optical converter) to communicate with my Nexus socket meters?

1.Remove the lens film before use. Plug the device in.

2. :XP, NT: Should auto detect the device and install. If it asks for any files, they will be in the “USB_DRIVERS”folder on the cd.:95, 98: Auto detects, and asks for the files to install. Select the files from the “USB_DRIVERS” folder on the cd.

3. Go to Control Panel -> System -> Hardware -> Device Manager -> Ports and look for “Cypress USB-HID -> COM device“. If it is not there, look for the group Human Interface Devices -> USB Human Interface Device. If it is there, skip to 5.

4. Click on update driver for “USB Human Interface Device“. Select “Install from a list or specific location“.

4a. Select “Don’t search. I will choose the driver to install. Click on “Have Disk“, then “Browse“. In the browse box, go to the cd drive that the install cd is in, open “USB_DRIVERS” folder, and select the file “HIDCOM.INF“. Click Open, then click OK.

4b.“Cypress USB-HID -> COM device” should show up as a model option. Highlight it, and click next.

4c. A popup may come up saying that the driver “has not passed Windows Logo testingto verify its compatibility with WindowsXP. ” and a bunch of other doom and gloom. Click “Continue Anyway.” The drivers will install.

5. Open the “Ports (COM & LPT)” group in the device manager and select properties for “Cypress USB-HID -> COM device”. Set the port speed to 9600.

6. Set the optical port speed in the Nexus meter to be 9600. (SC-6 SmartCoupler doesn’t support any other speed)

7. Connect to the Nexus meter with the optical port to verify the connection.

 

Last question of the day, What is the Vaux input used for?

This is an independent voltage input that has all the capabilities of the other voltage inputs (recording, triggering, trending, etc.). A typical use would be in synchronizing a line closure. With the Nexus meter connected to one side of a breaker, the VAUX can be connected to the other side of the breaker, and using the real time phasor display of the meter, watch the VAUX phasor relationship to the other inputs. Another application would be to use the Aux voltage to provide you the potential from neutral to ground. This enables a user to test the grounding system of a substation or facility.

Remember that if you need any assistance or help answering questions about your E.I.G. product, contact us today: 866-928-7908 or email us at: support@electroind.com.

EIG Education & Power Meter Training Programs


Increasing your energy efficiency and cutting energy use adds to your bottom line. Electro Industries can help you do that with our power meters and smart grid technologies. Our products help provide revenue grade energy measurement, information on power quality and advanced telemetry data. Our power meters currently help staff in commercial buildings, industrial facilities, and substations keep tabs on energy use, energy quality and log energy data. It helps determine items like power use and cost per tenant.Classroom training

You can use the right measurement tools that can provide you the data. However, not knowing how to properly use the tools makes its data meaningless. That’s where proper training enters the situation. Electro Industries provides its customers detailed training, therefore getting the most out of its devices.

Training Meetings
Electro offers two-day seminars that teach your staff all the features of our power meters and how to best utilize them. Your staff learns the flexible nature of these meters. When installed, the meters are matched to specific applications in your operations. Just as your needs change, you can adapt your use and application of our meters. This provides just one example of vital information your staff will learn.

What Training Covers
In our two-day seminar, Electro covers everything you need to know to get the most benefit out of our equipment. On the first day, you’ll get an introduction to:

  • Electro Industries/GaugeTech communication products,
  • Nexus line of power monitors,
  • Communicator EXT advanced power monitoring and analysis software.

We follow up the introductory day with a comprehensive second training day that enhances your product and technical application knowledge. You’ll learn the specific applications and technical functions of:

  • Communicator EXT,
  • Shark Series power meters.

You’ll receive hands on setup and troubleshooting training. Our trainers work for our company and work with the power meters daily. We don’t outsource, so you learn from our experts. We have developed a program to properly educate people how to read our meters.

Meeting Locations

Check our website for an up-to-date training calendar. Our next public training occurs in January 2018 in New Orleans. We welcome both current and potential customers. Not everyone can make it, another option is on-site training at your work location.

On-site Meetings
If you can’t make it to a public training, Electro could come to you. The best scheduling method combines the seminar with a field service call or startup installation. You can schedule a training seminar by calling 551-334-0870 or visiting Electro Industries website. We charge a reasonable fee for on-site training based on the number of training days and attendees.

Product knowledge promotes best product use. Get the most out of your power meters, sub-meters and smart grid technology by learning its every function and how to make Electro technology work for you.

 

 

Simple Steps to Cut Energy Costs at Home


How To Reduce Home Energy Costs

It’s easy to save money on your electric bill. Here are some energy-saving steps that we recommend:

Home saving money

1. Switch To Energy Star Appliances:

There are many types of energy star appliances available. Some examples of them are lights, washers and dryers, refrigerators, and dishwashers. Energy star is one of the most famous brands of green appliances.

2.Use Windows To Reduce Heating And Cooling Costs:

Winter:

Blinds on south-facing windows should remain open during winter days. The blinds on north-facing windows should stay closed. Blinds of east facing windows should be open in the morning, and they should be closed in the afternoon. The blinds on west-facing windows should be closed in the morning and opened during the afternoon. All blinds should be closed on winter nights.

Summer:

All blinds should remain closed during the day. Blinds and windows should be opened on summer nights.

3. Install Solar Panels:

You don’t have to install enough solar panels to power your whole house. In addition, solar panels are more affordable to install than many people expect. If you decide to install enough solar panels to generate more electricity than you need, you can sell some of the power back to the grid. This can be profitable for some households.

4. Stop Using Electric Heat:

While oil and gas heat requires electricity, it doesn’t need anywhere near as much electricity as electric heat. Making the switch to propane or natural gas heat is good for your wallet and the environment.

5. Put Computers In Sleep Mode When You Aren’t Using Them:

Leaving a computer on all the time uses much more electricity than you’d think.
Putting your computer in sleep mode when you aren’t using it can save 10 to 50 dollars per year.

We hope some of these methods will assist you with saving energy at home and maybe cutting some electricity bills down a bit. Electro Industries specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry.

 

Top Tourist Spots Around Long Island


A family vacation to Long Island can be the most thrilling and cheap vacation if you’d like. From Food trucks to a kid’s dream to parents evening out. There are unlimited amounts of adventure that you can have in Long Island and here are a few to get you started with planning your next family vacation.

long island

Unbelievable scenery is all around us and can be the most beautiful portraits to take in. Take a drive down the coastline of the South Shore with its white sands and venerable Montauk Point Lighthouse. On the other end at the North Shore, there are exalted rocky bluffs and hilltop coastal mansions. When you go into the inner city you’ll find vibrant vineyards that are giving Europe and California a run for their money and restaurants that could be apart of the elite. Here are the top 6 spots to visit while you are vacationing with your family in Long Island.

Try the best-grilled cheese sandwich from a food truck in Southhold.
The North Fork Table & Inn’s truck delivers on deluxe grilled cheese sandwich with fontina, Taleggio, and sauteed mushrooms that you would not want to miss.

Join your kids in a Super Mario adventure at Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic.
A petting zoo for the kids? Absolutely. You are free to roam the entire grounds, see animals and pet as many as your heart desires. Also parents, there’s herbed chèvre for $12.

Explore the history within the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill.
Become fascinated with the large-scale installations within the museum to the exploration of nature photography.

For adults, enjoy music and wine at Lieb Cellars in Cutchogue.
Pair live music with a serene backcountry atmosphere of Lieb Cellars and a glass of wine. Your favorite spot in Long Island is waiting for you.

Scroll through at your pace in the Sunken Forest in Fire Island.
Regardless if you have or haven’t been on a ferry, hop aboard the Sailors Haven/Sunken for $13 for a roundtrip. Enjoy a peaceful stroll in Holly Forest that’s perfectly settled in Fire Island National Seashore’s sacred beach.

Enjoy a cozy sleep under the stars at Wading River.
What could be better than spending only $15 a night for a private waterfront accommodation? There are over 20 private and public campgrounds at Wildwood State Park. If you arrive on a Wednesday or Saturday in July and August, your family can enjoy a projected movie.

We hope you have the opportunity to check out one or all of these locations while you’re visiting Long Island. Have you been to any of these areas? Let us know in the comments below.

Register for our training in New Orleans, LA


Electro Industries is coming to New Orleans, LA

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to learn about Electro Industries’ most popular power metering instruments from the people who know it best: our very own training team! Learn the ins and outs of the Nexus and Shark meter families through our exclusive, two-day hands-on training seminar.

Classroom training

Here are details of the event:

What: Nexus and Shark Meter Training
When: January 23 – 24, 2018
Where: Holiday Inn Downtown-Superdome
330 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA, 70112

Cost: FREE (not including hotel or transportation) Includes complimentary breakfast and lunch.


DAY 1

EIG Communication Products
Introduction to the Nexus® line of Power Monitors
Introduction to Communicator EXT™ – Advanced Power Monitoring and Analysis Software

DAY 2

Study/Application of Communicator EXT™
Introduction to Shark® Series power meters
Hands on setup and troubleshooting


Notes:

  • Guests should arrive 30 minutes early to check in and set up.
  • Attendees are required to bring a WiFi-compatible laptop running Vista, 7, 8, or 10 Operating System; 1 GIG RAM Minimum.
  • All participants should download and install the Communicator EXT 4.0 software before attending.
  • View online flyer

This course is a must-attend for anyone who works with Electro Industries power meters on a daily basis. Participants will learn how to set up and configure meters, view and interpret information in real time, access historical data, communicate through a variety of protocols, and much more.

You won’t find a learning experience like this anywhere else. Spaces are limited – sign up before they are gone! Register Here

Electro Industries offers the world’s largest selection of power monitoring instruments and software. For more than 40 years, we have helped businesses across the globe save money and the environment by reducing energy waste. Visit our website to learn more about our energy management solutions, or give us a call at 866-928-7908.

 

Should I Switch to Using LED Light Bulbs?


Go Green – Go LED Lighting

Have you been hearing about LED light bulbs? Are you thinking about making the switch over to this bulb type? LEDs (Light emitting diodes) light bulbs are appearing in the marketplace with uses that range from household use and car headlights to traffic lights. What makes this type of light bulb so popular and why should you use them? Here is some information about the LED light bulbs:

LED bulb

  • They are very safe to use because they emit very little heat. This means that they are less likely to cause a fire or personal injury. Cooler to the touch than regular bulbs, which means when it’s time to switch them out, you will not be playing hot potato with a glass bulb.

 

  • These bulbs are designed with solid-state construction so glass breakage is a thing of the past. Thanks to this tougher exterior, they can withstand nicks / knocks better than regular bulbs.

 

  • LED lights are silent and replace bulbs that can hum, tick, ping, or thrum and otherwise distracting.

 

  • Cost is always a consideration and LED bulbs can last over 100,000 hours (about 11 years) doubling the life use of the fluorescent bulbs. They are a tad bit pricier than standard bulbs, but they last so much longer. It reduces the replacement of incandescent light bulbs by twenty times.
    Other types of light bulbs are prone to dimming over time while the LED maintains their true colors throughout the life of its use.

 

  • The versatility of the LED bulb is still being discovered. Color and shape are almost unlimited as well as being a cool light needing very low energy to perform up to full brightness. LED lights don’t require filters to produce an unlimited array of colorful lighting. These lights lend themselves to dimming without yellowing and will retain their true color under varying levels of intensity.

 

  • The light beam of an LED can be directed and focused without the use of reflectors and lenses which can allow them to be used in smaller spaces. These bulbs are very quick as they produce a full bright light in microseconds. If a quick reaction time is needed, such as brake lights, this is an improved choice for a bulb.

 

  • This can lower light usage costs as well. Unlike the compact fluorescent bulbs, mercury is not found in LED light bulbs. Mercury is poison to humans and animals. LED lights are safer to use and do not add mercury to the landfill.

 

  • When lit, these bulbs are a green alternative lighting source by reducing carbon dioxide emissions due to using less electricity. As there has been more demand from the public, LED lights have become available in most all socket sizes. Replacing older style light bulbs will reduce your electricity bill monthly and these bulbs will literally pay for themselves over time.

 

Top 5 Electric Cars of 2017


Are you looking into possibly going green next year with your vehicle? With 2017 coming to an end, let’s take a look back at what were called the top electric vehicles. These stats are based off of reports and reviews from caranddriver.com. Which are the best of 2017? Let’s do this from lowest rated to highest.

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#5. Toyota Prius

The Prius is one of the most well known electric vehicles, it’s no surprise it has made this list. This is based off the 2017 Toyota Prius Three Touring model. The Prius currently is at 54/50 mpg, but tests have shown 46 mpg being achievable. Top speed is at 114 mph for this car, with 121 horsepower, and 0 – 60 in 10.5 seconds. Seating is comfortable and fold down at the rear for 66 cu feet of cargo room. A solid and eco friendly automobile.

#4. Toyota Prius Prime

With a four-cylinder gas engine and electric motors, it has a bigger battery life versus the regular Prius. This is based off of the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced Plug-In Hybrid. It has up to 25 miles of electric only range. It’s MPGe is at 133. It’s top speed is 101 mph and has 121 horsepower. It does 0 to 60 in 10.2 seconds. The Prius Prime is stated to feel, “nimble, smooth on taking curves; it’s steering is among the best.” – Car And Driver With two cars having a fantastic rating, the standard Prius and Prius Prime, it’s safe to say either car is a safe bet for going green.

#3. Chevrolet Volt

This gasoline-hybrid offers fantastic acceleration compared to most electrics. The all electric range of this model is 53 miles, after the electricity is use, the gas engine kicks in and recharges the cars battery to keep things moving. In testing, the car reached 59 MPGe. The charge time is around 13hours on 120v and 4.5 on 240v. This car goes from 0 – 60 in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 102 miles per hour. The car holds five, but the seat in the middle is said to be useless, which is what lowers this car’s rank just a tad.

#2. Volkswagen e-Golf

The Volkswagen 2018 model is a best car winner and coming in at an affordable price (typically around 31k). There is an estimated 126 electric mile range combined with 119 mile with fuel economy. This car can hit 0 to 60 in 8.5 seconds. Containing 134 horsepower under the hood, however, the top speed is only at 85 mph. Not really the car for those who want to go a little faster on the freeway, but the acceleration is stronger than the Prius Prime.

#1. 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The highest rated and reviewed electric, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has a 200 horse power electric motor. With a recorded 96 MPGe and a 75-mph highway range of 190 miles. The car goes 0 to 60mph in 6.5 seconds.  The top speed is 93 miles per hour, fast enough for all freeways. The cabin has a 10.2 in touchscreen, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi.

If you want to learn more about electric cars, check out https://www.caranddriver.com/. We are in full support of going green and taking care of our planet. Electro Industries specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry. Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings. Visit our site to learn more about EIG here.

EIG Releases the Nexus® 1450 Cyber Secure Energy Panel Meter with Advanced Power Quality and Multiport Communication


Westbury, NY (Thursday, December 21, 2017) – Electro Industries/GaugeTech (EIG) announces the release of its latest Nexus® Series meter – the Nexus® 1450 with advanced power quality, cyber secured configuration, and multiport communication. This meter is a direct physical retrofit to the Nexus® 1250/1252 meters installed in thousands of sites in the United States and around the world. It offers multiple advanced features, including:

  • An HTML5-based Web server that offers real time data and detailed waveform analysis over the Internet, without the need for software.
  • Multi-level cyber secured encrypted configuration that prevents tampering and hacking of your power system data, and physical meter seals.
  • EIG’s Multi-Gain™ technology for the highest accuracy energy measurement.
  • IEC61000-4-30 Class A Power Quality Measurements.
  • 6 Communication Ports, including 2 Ethernet Ports.

The meter is used for critical metering applications such as utility and industrial substations, power plants, wind farms and solar metering, to monitor both energy usage and power quality. The cyber secured implementation protects the meter from being tampered with and protects the integrity of the data.

For additional information on the Nexus® 1450 meter and/or to place a pre-order for it, visit its webpage at:

https://electroind.com/product-info/nexus-1450-advanced-energy-panel-meter-extensive-communication-power-quality/

EIG’s 2017 Annual Holiday Party


Westbury, NY (Thursday, December 21, 2017) – On Tuesday December 19th Electro Industries/Gaugetech celebrated the holiday season with our annual company holiday party. We had the opportunity to enjoy great food, music, conversation and a special surprise performance by one of our own.

EIG Recognizes Team Members Reaching Milestones with the Organization


Westbury, NY (Thursday, December 21, 2017) – At their annual holiday party Electro Industries/Gaugetech recognized several employees for reaching milestones as long as 30 years with the company. Each are an important member of our team and their abilities and contributions are a significant part of our continued success as a company.

Going Green In 5 Simple Steps


Going Green

It is possible to save money and go green at the same time. Some of the most important steps will help prevent climate change, and preserve the earth for future generations. Five of the most critical steps are explained below.

Power Meters by Electro Industries | Energy Management Systems

1. Conserving Energy

If you simply adjust your thermostat by a few degrees during the summer and winter months, you will be conserving energy and lowering your utility bills. When your incandescent light bulbs have burned out, replace them with CFL’s, or compact fluorescent light bulbs. When your appliances are not being used, unplug them. Smart power strips are also available, and can sense when appliances are not in use and prevent vampire or phantom energy usage. Whenever it is possible, use cold water to wash your clothes. Heating the water accounts for 85 percent of the energy used to wash your clothing in your machine. You can eliminate the energy usage from your dryer by using a clothesline or drying rack.

2. Conserving Water

You will reduce your water usage with shorter showers. This will also decrease your bills for heating and water. A low-flow showerhead is not expensive, and once installed will conserve a lot of energy and water. This will result in lower water bills. Make certain all your faucets have a faucet aerator. They are inexpensive, will conserve water and heat, and your water pressure will remain high. Use plants for your garden that require minimal watering and are drought tolerant. Specific native plants can be found in every area.

3. Bottled Water Usage

Bottled water is expensive, and leads to a sizeable amount of container waste. A water filter will purify your tap water, and is an excellent alternative. You can also carry a reusable bottle with you for water. Aluminum is a better choice than plastic and will easily travel anywhere. This will also save you money.

4. The Cleaning Supplies

You can make non-toxic, effective cleaning supplies. The ingredients are simple and include vinegar, baking soda, soap and lemon. This saves time, money, packaging and the quality of your indoor air.

5. The Electronics

Use your computers, cell phones and additional electronic items for the longest possible length of time. Do not throw them in the trash, but recycle or donate them responsibly. Mercury along with other toxins is contained in e-waste, and has become an increasing environmental problem. Speak to your local government about establishing a hazardous waste and electronics recycling collection event.

 

Nexus 1500+ Next Generation Power Quality Revenue Meter


Today we are highlighting the Nexus 1500+ Next Generation Power Quality Revenue Meter. Let’s go over some highlights about this piece of technology.

nexus 1500

The Nexus® 1500+ meter is designed to be a primary and testable revenue meter that additionally provides advanced power quality analysis functions. It records every aspect of electrical power, including power quality and transients, and gives you access to this information both in real time and through reports on the quality of the electrical circuit in compliance with the IEC 61000-4-30 Class A and EN 50160 international standards. In this way, the Nexus® 1500+ meter provides you with a comprehensive picture of your circuits’ power usage and reliability.

The Nexus 1500+ meter is a technology leading revenue and power quality meter. With Constant Calibration™ architecture, the Nexus 1500+ meter is designed specifically for high accuracy applications, providing 0.06% accuracy throughout its calibration range, from 0.1 A to 20 A. Using the auto-calibrating Constant Calibration™ architecture circuit, this meter offers superior accuracy and stability through its temperature range.  The meter is intended for substation and critical load metering applications.

The Nexus 1500+ meter provides a host of communication options for substation SCADA and energy management communication. This allows a user to bring back data via multiple options, including serial, Ethernet and USB. Multiple protocols are available simultaneously, including Modbus (RTU, TCP), DNP 3.0, IEC 61850, FTP, SMTP, SNTP, HTTP and more. The meter has dual Ethernet ports that can be operated on separate networks. Using EIG’s port control, protocols and ports can be independently controlled to limit access and provide internet security.

There is no threat of a failed heating element or pilot light going out with the Nexus 1500+. The Nexus 1500+ is pre-wired and configured as an advanced class “A” power meter. It has expandable switchgear capabilities, allowing the user to meter critical circuits without any time consuming and expensive panel redesign. The meter is pre-wired with shorting blocks and fuses leaving little chance of error when installing. To prevent the chance of tampering, the system has a locking mechanism. The Nexus 1500+ has 40 MHz acquisition speed, and more memory speed.

The V-Switch Key Technology means you can upgrade the meters functionality even after installing it. Purchase what you may need now and upgrade it later. This is the ideal meter of choice for power generation, grid automation, industrial, and commercial / data centers. Visit us at https://electroind.com/ On our site, we have case studies and product information to help you learn more about our meters.

The Top 3 ways Electricity is Generated


Electric energy is a form of energy based on the generation of electrical potential differences between two points, which allow establishing an electric current between the two. By appropriate transformation it is possible to obtain that such energy is shown in other final forms of direct use, in the form of light, movement or heat, according to the elements of energy conservation.

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It is one of the forms of energy that mankind uses most today, thanks to its ease of transportation and low rate of energy loss during conversions.

1) Thermoelectric (TEG)

The thermoelectric plant, produces energy from the burning of coal, natural gas, fuel and oil in a boiler. The heat that is generated turn into steam. The water present in the pipes located on the walls of the boilers under high pressure, causes the turbine to rotate and thus generate electricity.

This mode of energy generation is much criticized due to the great pollution caused to the environment, due to the release of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, thus contributing to the greenhouse effect.

2) Wind

It performs the transformation of wind energy into electric energy using wind turbines, which are large turbines placed in windy regions, in the shape of a windmill or vane. Such equipment produces the movement of a propeller, this movement generates a magnetic field, thus producing electricity.

It is considered one of the most promising forms of production, as it is a natural, renewable source that does not contribute to the greenhouse effect, and does not generate waste. Despite its good points, not everything is flowers. In addition to the high cost, nowadays, it is necessary to study the region to measure and predict the winds, making it an energy source not as reliable as some others.

3) Solar

The energy obtained through the light and the heat of the Sun, used by different technologies like: solar heating, photo-voltaic solar energy, etc. The most commonly used way to get electricity is from photo-voltaic panels, which convert light into electrical energy, and these panels are made of semiconductor material. It works as follows: sunlight hits the photo-voltaic cell and part of it is absorbed. When absorbed, the luminosity is converted into electricity. We can conclude that the greater the intensity of sunlight, the greater the flow of electricity.

Ways to Cut Energy Costs in Your Business


6 Ways to Save Energy Costs in Your Business

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Saving energy is one of the biggest ways to save money at home or at the office. When you own a business, you have to think about many things from employee and client issues to overhead costs. One of the most significant ways to put extra money in your pocket, though, is saving on energy costs. Your water, heat, electricity, and cooling bills can all be reduced if take a few simple steps.

1. Get rid of those old fluorescent lights. Those big old tubes in the ceiling are costing you a lot more money and wasting energy. Switch to LED tubes or LED lamps around the office. Your eyes and your wallet will thank you.

2. Make a habit of switching off major equipment when it’s not in use. If you only use your printer or that ancient fax machine once in a while, don’t just turn them off, pull the plug or flip the power switch at the power strip. Ghost power eats up a lot of extra volts and it’s the one place where you can save some extra dollars.

3. Install an automatic thermostat. Don’t leave the heat running high all night just because someone will be in early. Instead, install an automatic thermostat system that you can program to go down to a cooler temperature at night and then starts to warm up an hour before everyone comes in for work.

4. Make your overall at work temperature lower. If you have a busy office, setting the thermostat above 70 might be more heat than you really need. A lot of people will run hot and others will run cooler. However, the more bodies in an area, the less heat you need to run. Try and keep the office at a lower temperature, like 65 degrees Fahrenheit and if you can, purchase everyone a lightweight jacket with the company logo in case they get chilly.

5. Buy energy efficient devices like LED monitors for computers or better yet, smaller laptops, that are quick to charge and don’t need to run constantly like large desktop computers and big monitors. For those folks that really need extra power, like graphic designers, invest in energy efficient equipment with the EnergyStar logo.

6. Get an energy audit. Call the utilities you use and have them come and look for leaks in window frames and insulation issues or other areas where you could save energy and money.

 

A Brief History on Electro Industries


An excerpt from our site: “Electro Industries/GaugeTech celebrated its 40th birthday in 2015. It seems like just yesterday that we launched our first digital power meter. Over the last 40+ years we have grown in size and capability through our dedication to excellence, responsiveness to our customers’ needs, and pursuit of innovation.”

Founded in 1975 by engineer and inventor Sam Kagan. Electro Industries / GaugeTech changed the face of power monitoring technology. He introduced a breakthrough easy-to-use AC power meter that was affordable to consumers. Sam believed that this industry needed a solid state meter. One that could communicate data and provide engineers the ability to make power management decisions. Because of EIG’s early DOS software and microprocessor-based meters released in the late 70’s were incorporated world-wide. Here are examples of orders placed in the 1970s.

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EIG strives to be on the cutting edge, here are a few noteworthy firsts of advancing technology applied to our inventions.

  • 81′, EIG released one of the world’s first micro processor based power monitors.
  • 94′, the first 1 megabyte memory high-performing power monitor was released. The standard home PC had 4 megabytes of ram at the time.
  • 2001, the first automatic calibrating meter under glass debuted.
  • 2005, the first sub-meter with WiFi capabilities surfaced.
  • 2012, the Shark® 100B multifunction power and energy meter with native BACnet/IP was released.

40+ years later,  Electro Industries/GaugeTech continues to revolutionize the industry. Producing the highest quality, cutting edge power monitoring, and control technology on the market. EIG sets the industry standard for advanced power quality and reporting. EIG also takes part in revenue metering and substation data acquisition and control. EIG’s products can be found on-site at almost all of today’s leading manufacturers, industrial giants and utilities. EIG’s ongoing success is due to the pursuit of innovation, strengthening relationships with customers, employees, suppliers and communities.

Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings. Give us a call at 866-928-7908 to learn more about our offerings and to find out how we can help saving you money today!

Top 5 Reasons to Buy from EIG


EIG is the leader in power monitoring and smart grid solutions. We have been around 40+ years making digital power meters. We celebrated our 40th birthday in 2015.  Here are a few reasons to buy from EIG for your next project.

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Reason #1: We have installed hundreds of thousands of power metering instruments.  When you are opening a new business, starting a new project, or you’re in need of replacing outdated meters, contact us at EIG, and we will get the job done correctly the first time.  

Reason #2: We offer an unparalleled 4 year warranty on our products. While most other manufacturers have one or two year warranty policies, we back our product with confidence, and have extended ours to four. Quality is our most important goal. We design our products and system from the ground up for extremely high reliability and for a long life. We insure that our instruments are free from defects when shipped and operate for many years in service. 

Reason #3: We here at EIG are constantly improving and distributing new products. Our most recent innovation is the Shark® 270, recently released in September of 2017. The meter is ideal for utility, commercial, and industrial metering, power generation, transmission, and distribution. It is also useful for submetering, cost allocation, and demand reduction programs. You can read more about the Shark® 270 HERE.

Reason #4: Electro Industries has collected all the data and put in the work to bring our potential customers the data they need for potential new projects. Featured on our site is case study information for: Data Centers, Hospitals & Healthcare Facilities, Multi-Use Commercial Buildings, Multi-Use Residential Buildings, Universities & Educational Facilities, Shopping Malls, Factories, Utility & Substation SCADA, and Telecommunications Companies. View more HERE

Reason #5:  EIG offers training for your company. Electro Industries/GaugeTech power meters are an essential part of your company’s operation. The more effectively and efficiently you are able to use our meters, the more they will be able to contribute to the success of your endeavors. Our training programs are specifically designed to help you get the most out of the technology you have installed. To take full advantage of the product functions that work best for you, your staff needs to know all of the available features, and how best to use them in daily operations. EIG product training programs furnish the required information and knowledge to make this possible. For more information regarding At-Your-Site training, call:  Technical Support Manager Tel (516) 334-0870

Ready to get started? You’re in good hands. Give us a call today 866-928-7908 to learn more about our products and services.

CPU 1000 Series Frequently Asked Questions


We frequently receive questions about our CPU 1000 Series. We are here to answer the most common questions that might also be on your mind.

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Q: What is the CPU 1,000 series?

A: The CPU-1000 is the component of the Futura+ that you connect the monitored voltages and currents to. It is the ‘black box’ where all the analog to digital conversion and digital signal processing, and data logging takes place. It houses any optional memory and event inputs and relay output circuitry. In addition to the CPU-1000, a typical installation adds one or more display modules.

 

Q: How many displays can I connect to the Futura+?

A: The Futura+ can directly power up to four display modules from the internal power supply of the unit. Many more displays can be driven if an external power supply, such as our Power Brick PB1-9VO available with voltage input range of 12 to 60 VAC/DC (D) or 90 to 240 VAC/DC (D2), is used to supply power to the displays.

 

Q: What happens if the meter is defective?

A: It is highly unlikely that the meter is defective. EI customer support can usually get it working with you over the telephone. If you are using these metering devices with an external modem, there are many additional configuration issues that need to be addressed. Since this is a daunting task, EIG designs a Modem Manager product that is an RS485 to RS232 converter with built in functionality so that you do not need to program the modem. You can purchase this product at the factory. We can rush one out to you ASAP to solve any modem programming issues.

Have additional questions about your CPU 1000 Series? Feel free to give us a call at 866-928-7908. The friendly staff at Electro Industries/GaugeTech is always ready to help you out!

Analyze Power On The Go


Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a tool that allowed you to monitor power quality on the go? You’re in luck! The PDA 1252 was designed to make your life easier by doing just that! Say goodbye to diagnosing power quality the traditional way and say hello to your new best friend!

Analyze Power On The Go | Electro Industries

How Does The PDA 1252 Work?

The PDA 1252 is a portable power quality analyzer designed to monitor, isolate and troubleshoot power system disturbances. Using our advanced analysis software, the Communicator EXT™ application, view real time data presented in a simple and powerful format. Maximize the Communicator EXT™ application’s power with the optional AiReports to generate disturbance solutions and advanced power reports.

When To Use A Power Quality Analyzer

The unit is ideal for load surveys, program, monitoring transformer banks and indoor/outdoor electrical monitoring. The PDA 1252 Power Quality Analyzer is mounted in its own watertight carrying case and uses watertight connectors to connect voltage and current leads. Based on the Nexus 1252 platform, the PDA 1252 is easy to use and operate.

Special Features:

  • Isolate and Troubleshoot: complex power quality problems.
  • Prevent: costly equipment damage and downtime.
  • Display: real time data including waveforms
  • Power Quality: CBEMA compliance.
  • Load Flow: and historical trending capability.
  • Watertight outdoor enclosure.

Electro Industries/GaugeTech specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry. Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings.

The Most Important Pieces of Energy Monitoring Equipment For Your University


The Most Important Pieces of Energy Monitoring Equipment For your University | Electro Industries

Did you know that university campuses play an integral role as leaders in energy consumption? Not only can reducing energy usage have an impact on a college’s bottom line, it can also provide the student body and the surrounding environment with tremendous benefits. Not sure what you’ll need to get started? We’ve laid out the most important pieces of energy monitoring equipment for your university, below:

Critical Load Point

Nexus® 1500+ – Advanced Power Quality Analyzer and Energy Meter
Example Installation: Utility Entry Points, Critical Loads, High Power Sensitivity
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Large Loads (400 Amps or more)

Shark® 200 – Data-Logging Energy Meter for Load Profiling
Example Installation: Typical Building Loads, Substations, Control Panels.

Economical WiFi Submeter

Shark® 200S – Advanced Data-Logging WiFi Submeter
Example Installation: Administrative Offices, Dorms, Departmental Buildings.

Smaller Loads (200 Amps or less, high-density)

MP200 Metering System – 8 Three Phase Input Meters
Example Installation: Smaller Panel Boards, High-density Circuits.

Base Data Collection Software

Communicator EXT™ 4.0 Software

For configuring meters, automatically collecting data, and studying power quality.

Energy Dashboard and Billing Software

EnergyReporter EXT 4.0 Software

For energy dashboarding, generating usage reports and automated submeter billing.

Electro Industries/GaugeTech specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry. Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings.

Meters Added to Electro Industries’ BACnet and LonWorks Converters


Westbury, NY (Friday, November 3, 2017) – Electro Industries/GaugeTech (EIG) announces the addition of its new revenue meter, the Shark® 270 meter and GE’s PQMII panel meter to the list of meters supported by its ProtoCom/ProtoCom-Lon protocol converters. The Protocom converts meter data to BACnet/IP and BACnet MS/TP and other popular Building Management System (BMS) protocols. These gateways will communicate with most EIG meters and provide BACnet or LonWorks output.

Electro Industries/GaugeTech (EIG) announces the addition of its new revenue meter, the Shark® 270 meter and GE’s PQMII panel meter to the list of meters supported by its ProtoCom/ProtoCom-Lon protocol converters. The Protocom converts meter data to BACnet/IP and BACnet MS/TP and other popular Building Management System (BMS) protocols. These gateways will communicate with most EIG meters and provide BACnet or LonWorks output.

4 Ways To Free Up Your Finances This Fall


4 Ways To Free Up Your Finances This Fall | Electro Industries

Cooler temperatures are making their way into town and that means homeowners across the country will be digging into their pockets to shell out funds on energy bills. Why be like everyone else this fall when you can keep some extra money in your wallet, or at least spend it on other things besides energy? See below for a few tips from the experts on how to free up your finances this fall when it comes to your energy bills:

  1. Make Use of Free Energy Sources: believe it or not there’s one key source of energy that’s free for all to use – the sun. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars to heat your home via your furnace, open up blinds, shapes and drapes on sunny days to let the warm rays in. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the sun can heat your home.

  2. Do Some Research Before You Shop: we all know the holiday season is synonymous with shopping. This year, do lots of research before you head out to purchase new appliances. Look for models with the Energy Star symbol and compare different options with energy efficiency top of mind.

  3. Hotter Isn’t Always Better: the average U.S. household spends nearly $600 per year on water heating alone. Consider lowering the temperature setting on your heater a few degrees and wash your clothes in cold water. Hint: cool water will get your clothes just as clean!

  4. Cut Non-Essential Energy Use: this is one way to watch your utility bills drop before your eyes. Reduce your television’s brightness a few notches, unplug chargers from the wall while they’re not being used and turn off the lights when you’re not in the room.

All of the above will help you save on residential utility bills, and when it comes to your business we’ve got you covered! Electro Industries/GaugeTech specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry. Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings.

3 Simple Ways Shopping Malls Can Reduce Energy Consumption


3 Simple Ways Shopping Malls Can Reduce Energy Consumption | Electro Industries

Did you know most retail buildings (shopping malls) consume $20 billion or more in energy every single year? Although that’s quite an astonishing statistic, what’s even more alarming is that these costs could be reduced by $3 billion a year by making just a few simple changes and being a bit more cautious. See below to find out 3 ways shopping malls can reduce energy consumption with very little effort:

  1. Increase Awareness of Energy Consumption Through Submetering: it’s difficult to cut back on energy consumption if you’re unaware of how much you’re using in the first place. Submeters can help you keep close tabs on the amount of energy the shopping mall is using which can promote the conscientious use of energy and yield savings of up to 15%.

  2. Identify Areas Where Energy Savings Can Be Attained: a few common areas often noted to be inefficient include common areas, HVAC systems, food courts and more. One you have submeters installed, you’ll be able to easily identify these areas and come up with a plan for specific loads or individual tenants.

  3. Implement Energy Reduction Programs and Monitor Progress: for several years, the U.S. Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has issued energy savings guidelines that include the implementation of submetering with energy tracking and reporting, and the formalization of energy goals and processes. Every shopping mall owner and tenant must be engaged to take advantage of energy management and energy efficiency initiatives.

Electro Industries/GaugeTech specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry. Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings.

5 Alarming Facts About Energy Waste in the U.S. That Will Make You Cringe


It may not be a surprise to most of you that the United States in among the leading energy consumers in the world. What might be a bit surprising though, is that we’re also one of the top energy wasters in the world. Back in 2013, the United States only had an efficiency rating of 42% which means that 58% of the energy we produced went to waste. See more of the alarming facts, below:

5 Alarming Facts About Energy Waste in the U.S. That Will Make You Cringe | Electro Industries

  1. Vampire energy is among the leading causes of energy waste in the United States. It accounts for nearly 10% of a home energy bill any given month. Remember to unplug your devices when they’re not in use!

  2. Large appliances continue to use roughly 85% of the energy they use while they’re on, even when they’re left in standby mode. Adding to that stat, the average U.S. household leaves 7 – 9 appliances in standby mode every single day.

  3. If the U.S. switched over entirely to LED light bulbs over the next 20 years, the nation could save nearly $250 billion and avoid nearly 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

  4. Lots of the energy waste comes from throwing electronic devices away. Each year, Americans throw away almost 50 million tons of old computers, televisions, stereos and mobile devices.

  5. Businesses and industrial facilities can make a huge impact by making a few minor adjustments. Small changes like limiting the time air conditioners run, installing smart meters to monitor energy consumption and turning off computers and printers can help save millions of dollars each year.

Electro Industries/GaugeTech specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry. Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings.

Do Universities Really Need Power Monitors?


Take a second to think about all of the classroom buildings, dining halls, residence halls and athletic centers found on college campuses. Now think about how much power it takes to keep all of those building operating at full capacity. It’s pretty alarming if you ask us and for that reason, every university should be equipped with advanced power monitoring systems. Learn more about the benefits, below:

Do Universities Need Power Monitors? | Electro Industries

Increase Awareness of Energy Consumption Campus-Wide

Submeters are a critical element for measuring energy consumption. The installation of submeters has been shown to foster energy savings simply through the awareness of energy consumption they provide, which promotes the conscientious use of energy and yields savings of up to 15%.

Identify New Areas Where Energy Savings Can Be Attained

Submeters provide key energy data that allows facility engineers and financial managers to identify areas within the campus buildings that are energy inefficient and need improvement. Areas often noted to be inefficient are student housing, main campus buildings, science and technology buildings, libraries, cafeterias and leased restaurants, teaching hospitals, and campus retail stores among others that you’d probably never think of!

Meeting Energy Reduction Guidelines

Both from the standpoint of reducing costs and of improving its impact on the environment, energy reduction is a win-win situation for any educational institution. Installing EIG’s submeters as part of an energy reduction plan lets the campus community see the details of their energy use and inspires personnel and students alike to be smarter energy consumers.

For over four decades, EIG has engineered and manufactured power meters with advanced analysis capabilities. Ready to get started? Give the leaders in energy monitoring at Electro Industries/GaugeTech a call today at 866-928-7908, we’re waiting to hear from you!

5 Smart Gadgets You NEED For Your Office


5 Smart Gadgets You NEED For Your Office | Power Monitoring | Electro Industries

If you’re a business owner, or if you’re the person in charge of finances for a business, you probably have some idea about how much your company spends on energy bills each year. If you’re like most businesses out there, you also probably know that you’re spending a fortune on energy bills when that money could be used in lots of other places instead. With that said, here are a few gadgets you’ll want to incorporate into your workplace right away – after all, their job is to help your job save money!

  1. Smart Thermostat: unlike most thermostats on the market that only record temperatures in the physical room they are located in, the good smart thermostats sense the temperature in other rooms to keep the entire building more comfortable. With that said, smart thermostats only kick on when they’re needed and they do so automatically so you don’t have to remember to turn them up or down manually.

  2. On/Off Outlets: rather than equipping your office with standard outlets that draw some energy at all times, smart on/off outlets let you control internal power outlets individually via smartphone app. With certain models, you can even control Amazon’s Echo or Logitech’s Harmony devices.

  3. Smart Lighting: if you haven’t switched over to LED light bulbs, that is a must! But you can take it a step further and switch to a smart lighting system that can be controlled via mobile app. Under normal office conditions, smart bulbs will last 10+ years so most businesses are saying it’s well worth the investment.

  4. Energy-Efficient Printer: some businesses have already made the move over to “print-free” environments, but not all have jumped aboard. If you still print on the regular, an energy-efficient printer is vital. Some models reduce energy consumption by up to 50%.

  5. Kitchen Appliances: most offices these days have rather elaborate break rooms or kitchens. If you’re still using old appliances, do yourself a favor and make the switch over to Energy Star-rated products. This includes everything from the fridge to the toaster oven, to the coffee machine and everything in between!

Looking to keep better tabs on the amount of energy your office is using? You’ve come to the right place. Electro Industries/GaugeTech specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry. Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings.

DM Series Power Monitor FAQs


Sometimes, owner’s manuals just don’t give us enough information. Oftentimes, there are questions that come about that nobody thought of previously or strange situations that occur that might be unique to a specific individual. Well, we understand that our power monitors might be a bit confusing to those who aren’t super familiar with them – so we’ve put together a quick list of frequently asked questions about our DM Series monitors:

DM Series Power Monitor FAQs | Electro Industries

Q: How do I program the DMMS350 with my desired IP address?

A: Start by connecting your equipment directly to a computer via the ethernet port with a crossover cable. Verify that a network connection has been established and then follow these steps to program your DMMS350.

Q: Is there a quick flow chart for the DM Series meters?

A: Yes. This should make programming easier: download here.

Q: How do I troubleshoot wiring errors with the DMMS300+?

A: The DMMS 300+ is capable of troubleshooting wiring mistakes. If the meter is in Delta mode you will need to program it, temporarily, to WYE. If you have negative power readings, low power factor, large amount of neutral current, you can use certain functions of the DMMS 300+ to determine the cause of the problem.

Have additional questions about your Nexus Power Monitor? Feel free to give us a call at 866-928-7908. The friendly staff at Electro Industries/GaugeTech is always ready to help you out!

Industrial, Commercial, Government: Are Power Meters For You?


If you work in the industrial, commercial or government sectors you probably know that your company and your building use lots of energy, there’s nothing mindblowing about that. But did you know that you could save tons of money each month and each year if you paid closer attention to the actual amount of energy you were consuming? How? It’s much easier than you think – the answer: a power monitor.

Industrial, Commercial, Government: Are Power Meters For You? | Electro Industries

Here are just a few of the benefits you’ll receive when you equip your business with a power metering system:

Power Quality Management

  • Real Time Power Quality Monitoring
  • Control/Manage Energy Consumption More Efficiently
  • Optimize Loads
  • Respond to Events
  • Pinpoint Problems with Power Quality

Operations and Facilities Management

  • Improve Operational Efficiency of the Power System
  • Increase Productivity/Reduce Downtime
  • Discover Unused Energy Capacity
  • Manage Capital Expenditures
  • Extend Equipment Life
  • Schedule Maintenance Efficiently
  • Manage Larger Quantities of Energy
  • Expand Metering Abilities Geographically

Energy Cost Control

  • Verify Accuracy of Energy Bills
  • Negotiate Future Energy Costs
  • Avoid Utility Penalties for Exceeding Usage
  • Allocate Interdepartmental Costs Accurately
  • Reduce Operating Costs/Identify Waste
  • Plan Budget and Usage Projections More Accurately

So, what are you waiting for? Give Electro Industries/GaugeTech a call today at 866-928-7908 to find out more information about how our power monitoring and smart grid solutions can put some money back in your pocket today!

4 DIY Projects That Can Help You Save BIG This Fall


4 DIY Projects That Can Help You Save BIG This Fall | Electro Industries

Cooler temperatures are on their way as we’re officially in the midst of fall. That means it’s time to find new ways to save energy in order to keep utility bills down as much as possible. Contrary to popular belief, there are lots of small projects most homeowners can conquer in a few hours or less that will really make a difference this season. See below to get started!

  1. Insulate Ducts: it’s very simply and inexpensive to add insulation around ductwork. All you need is a few rolls of fiberglass insulation and some electrical tape or string to tie it together. This will help prevent air from leaking and make sure it’s delivered to the desired areas of the house.

  2. Turn Off The Lights: this one is surprisingly simple, but surprisingly effective. Turn things off when they’re not in use. This includes lights, appliances and electronic devices of all shapes and sizes.

  3. Close Closet Doors: we don’t necessarily recommend closing off certain rooms or areas of the house, but it is a good idea to keep closet doors shut. Why? It lowers the square footage that your heating system needs to heat which can save you upwards of $50 per year.

  4. Time Is Of The Essence: keep track of when you tend to use electricity most often. Remember, using it during off-peak times can really save you a fortune. Washing clothes and dishes at night is highly recommended.

For over four decades, Electro Industries/GaugeTech has engineered and manufactured power meters with advanced analysis capabilities. Electrical providers worldwide rely on data captured and recorded by EIG meters to monitor, protect and improve the reliability of electrical power.

Meet The Founder: Sam Kagan


Meet The Founder: Sam Kagan | Electro Industries

Engineer. Inventor. Entrepreneur. These are just a few words that describe our incredible founder, Sam Kagan. It was back in 1975 when it all started – when Sam realized the need for an affordable, easy-to-use AC power meter system and it didn’t stop there!

Sam believed that this industry needed a solid state meter that could communicate data, and provide engineers the ability to make power management decisions, and most engineers in the industry couldn’t agree more. He went out and made that an industry reality. With early DOS software and microprocessor-based meters released as early as 1979, his inventions were, and are incorporated worldwide.

He was known by power meter users for his keen understanding of three-phase power systems. Users would call all day, not just for power meters, but also for questions on anything related to power systems. Sam Kagan helped thousands of users solve energy dilemmas and improve the reliability of their electrical power.

More than 40 years later, Electro Industries/GaugeTech, the Leader In Power Monitoring and Smart Grid Solutions, continues to revolutionize the industry with the highest quality, cutting edge power monitoring and control technology on the market today.

An ISO 9001:2000 certified company, EIG sets the industry standard for advanced power quality and reporting, revenue metering and substation data acquisition and control. EIG’s products can be found on-site at virtually all of today’s leading manufacturers, industrial giants and utilities.

Electro Industries specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry. Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings. Give us a call at 866-928-7908 to learn more about our offerings and to find out how we can help saving you money today!

How To Move Your Business Over To The Smart Grid


Have you heard of the Smart Grid? Maybe you saw it on the news or maybe you heard about it from your local energy provider, but not everybody understands what the “smart grid” actually is. Today, we’re going to focus on explaining what it means to switch over to the smart grid and some of the best ways to make the transfer; see below:

How To Move Your Business Over To The Smart Grid | Power Monitoring | Electro Industries

What Is The Smart Grid?

While some people try to make the smart grid out to be a complex or intricate thing, we’re going to keep it simple. The grid refers to the electric grid, or a network of transmission lines, substations, transformers and a few other components that deliver electricity to your home or business. What makes it “smart” is the new digital technology that allows for two-way communication between the utility and its customers – in other words, you.

How To Move Your Business To The Smart Grid

If you’re ready to start cutting costs and making more of a profit, it’s time to make your way over to the smart grid. What does this mean for you and your business? It means you need to start tracking your energy consumption to find out where you can make vital changes. To do so, it starts with smart meters, or power monitors that allow you to see how much energy you’re using, when you’re using it and how much it’s costing you. After all, properly managing your electricity consumption is the ultimate way to save money.

Ready to get started? You’re in good hands. Electro Industries/GaugeTech specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry. Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings. Call us today at 866-928-7908 to learn more and don’t forget to connect with us on Twitter!

The Hidden Dangers of Using Fossil Fuels For Energy


“We need to stop using up fossil fuels.” You’ve probably heard that hundreds of times over the last couple of years, but it’s important to understand the “why” behind the thought. What most people don’t realize, is that there are some significant hidden costs that come along with utilizing fossil fuels as a source of energy – and there are plenty of alternatives out there.

The Hidden Dangers of Using Fossil Fuels For Energy | Electro Industries

What Are Fossil Fuels?

Let’s start with a quick discussion on what actually qualifies as a “fossil fuel.” Put simply, they are rock-like, gas or liquid resources that are burned to generate power. Some of the most common fossil fuels include coal, natural gas and oil and they’re used as a variety of energy sources including the electricity and transportation sectors.

The Hidden Costs

We could speak for days about the hidden costs of burning fossil fuels, but today we want to focus on global warming emissions. All fossil fuels emit carbon dioxide and other harmful air pollutants when they’re burned. And you guessed it, when these toxins become airborne, they have negative effects local, regional, national and global levels.

Healthier Alternatives To Fossil Fuels

Back in 2014, nearly 80% of U.S. global warming emissions were energy-related. On the other hand, alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal contribute less than 1% of the total energy related global warming emissions. Big difference, right?

Well, in honor of National Pollution Prevention week, we’re asking you to take a stand. Making a conscious effort to reduce fossil fuel consumption can really go a long way. The first step is to take your energy consumption into account and if you’re wondering how you can track it, you’ve come to the right place!

Electro Industries/GaugeTech specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry. Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings. Give us a call today at 866-928-7908 to find out how we can help!

MV-90 TIM Released for Electro Industries/GaugeTech’s Shark® 270 Meter


Westbury, NY (Friday, September 15, 2017) – Electro Industries/GaugeTech (EIG) announces the release of a translation interface module (TIM) that enables the Shark® 270 meter to support Itron’s MV-90 system. The TIM was developed by Itron in partnership with EIG.

The Shark® 270 revenue energy meter mounts into a standard ANSI form meter enclosure. This 0.2% Class meter provides extensive load profiling, I/O, and power quality recording. In addition to communication for meter readings, the Shark 270 has extensive SCADA output capability including DNP 3.0 and IEC 61850 protocols. The meter communicates data via a multitude of ports including RS485, Ethernet, USB and ANSI optical.

MV-90 has been widely used for over 30 years, and is installed in over 600 utilities. It is used to collect interval data that Electrical utilities typically use to measure electrical parameters for billing and load profiling. MV-90 supports interval meters from multiple vendors. The TIM for the Shark® 270 meter enables this meter to be used in any utility’s existing or new MV-90 installation.

Information about the Shark® 270 meter can be found on EIG’s website:

https://shark270.com

Types Of Businesses That Consume The Most Energy


Let’s face it, most businesses, whether they’re in the corporate world, the retail industry or somewhere in between, consume higher levels of energy than most people could ever imagine. But there are some that stand out among the rest and can be crowned for being the largest energy consumers. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to cut back, but figuring out how much you’re actually consuming is the very first step.

Types Of Businesses That Consume The Most Energy | Electro Industries/GaugeTech

Grocery Stores, Restaurants and Convenience Stores

These three categories of businesses are among the highest energy consumers. Just think about all of the power it takes to keep food refrigerated, keep appliances running and the amount of energy that’s wasted for a plethora of reasons. Not to mention lighting and hvac costs.

Car Dealerships

Most of them are open for a majority of the day and night and lighting is absolutely key in this type of business. They need light to show off cars both inside and on the lot and customers rely on adequate lighting so they can see the cars correctly. They also use lots of energy when it comes to powering computers and security systems. It’s estimated that even a reduction of 10% in power consumption could result in savings of nearly $139 million.

Office Buildings, Residential Buildings, Hotels and Motels

This probably isn’t much of a surprise to most people – just think about all of the lighting, the appliances, the heating and cooling systems, etc. found in each of these types of buildings. In order to keep tabs on energy consumption, power monitors are often used in establishments like these.

Electro Industries/GaugeTech specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry. Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings. Give us a call today at 866-928-7908 to find out how we can help you save!

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