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First, select your utility company below to retrieve your electricity usage data.
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What is this data?

Your utility company records and shares electricity use data for each individual home. It is your right to claim and see this data.

Why do we need this?

We have spent years developing algorithms to help people decipher this data and save on energy costs. Retrieve it to see where your electricity is going.

How about my privacy?

We will protect and will not share any of your personal data to anyone, including our partners. The utility company only shares it with us with your permission.

After clicking Go you will be redirected to PG&E's website where you can grant HEA access to your data. It takes about a minute, and your data is safe with us. Afterwards, you will be redirected back to Dr. Power.

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Is my data safe with Dr. Power?

HEA has protected our customer's energy data since 2010 without any losses. We were one of the first third parties to pass PG&E's rigorous third party data security audit in 2012. We are also a founding member of DOE's DataGuard program. For details on our security policies click here.

After clicking Go you will be redirected to SCE's website where you can grant HEA access to your data. It takes about a minute, and your data is safe with us. Afterwards, you will be redirected back to Dr. Power.

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Is my data safe with Dr. Power?

HEA has protected our customer's energy data since 2010 without any losses. We were one of the first third parties to pass PG&E's rigorous third party data security audit in 2012. We are also a founding member of DOE's DataGuard program. For details on our security policies click here.

After clicking Go you will be redirected to SDGE's website where you can grant HEA access to your data. It takes about a 2-3 days, and your data is safe with us. Afterwards, we will sent you an e-mail.

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Is my data safe with Dr. Power?

HEA has protected our customer's energy data since 2010 without any losses. We were one of the first third parties to pass PG&E's rigorous third party data security audit in 2012. We are also a founding member of DOE's DataGuard program. For details on our security policies click here.

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  1. Log in to your PG&E account.
  2. For most users, we recommend clicking on the "Quick Approval."



    Agree to the terms and then click Submit.
  3. When PG&E has granted approval, you will be automatically redirected to Dr. Power.

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What is my idle load?

All our homes are using electricity even when we think everything is turned off. Invisible vampires are sucking energy out of each appliance. Add all those vampires up and you have your idle load.

So what?

It's like a car left idling in the garage. While you're asleep or when you're away, devices in your home are chugging along. Even when off, they still use electricity when plugged in. What a waste.

How does Dr. Power figure it out?

We analyze the data from your home's electric smart meter after we retrieve that data from your utility. We look for patterns of the lowest electric use over many days and weeks.

Authorization Confirmed

You have authorized HEA to access your energy data using Dr. Power. We will receive your energy data from SCE within 24 hours. Then, we will email you (to ) with a link to access your results.

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Authorization Confirmed

You have authorized HEA to access your energy data using Dr. Power. We will receive your energy data from SDGE within 24 hours. Then, we will email you (to ) with a link to access your results.

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Your home's idle load is 0 watts

Idle load comes from all the plugged in devices in your home even when no one is using them. This means that your home uses 0 watts of electricity all the time, whether you're home or not.

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How much is 0 watts?

It's like leaving some electric device on nonstop at your home.

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$0


$0

Idle load is 0% of your total electric use, costing you about $0 per year at typical electric rates ($0 per kWh).


Other homes with similar idle loads have reduced their use
by 0%, saving $0 per year.

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Dr. Power in Your Hands

Our mobile app will guide you through all the idle load hogs in your home. It's easy. Our techniques have been tested on over 5,000 homes, saving people 12.8% of their energy use on average. Simply login with the registered account you created here and get started. Search for "Dr. Power by HEA" on your phone's app store, or download below.

Otherwise, test drive our much simplified web version for a sneak preview.


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We are now waiting for the utility company to give us your data for processing. When it's done, we will notify you on your phone (if you gave us permission). Sometimes, the data cloud can be a little slow. We apologize in advance.

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Refrigeration Devices

How many refrigerators, freezers, wine coolers and standalone ice makers do you have in your home?

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Old Devices

Refrigeration devices have become much more efficient in recent years. An old refrigerator in someone's garage can be idling at 100 or more watts.

How many of your refrigeration devices are are older than 1995?

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Refrigeration Idle Load

We estimate that refrigeration in your home takes up 0% of your total idle load of 0 watts.

Refrigerator energy consumption varies widely. To get a more accurate figure, use an online calculator from Energy Star or measure it directly with a Killawatt meter or socket monitor. If you are considering upgrading to more efficient devices, check out websites such as Enervee.com.

This report was prepared as the result of work sponsored by the California Energy Commission. It does not necessarily represent the views of the Energy Commission, its employees or the State of California. The Energy Commission, the State of California, its employees, contractors and subcontractors make no warrant, express or implied, and assume no legal liability for the information in this report; nor does any party represent that the uses of this information will not infringe upon privately owned rights. This report has not been approved or disapproved by the California Energy Commission, nor has the California Energy Commission passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of the information in this report.

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Tips: Idle Load Reduction

  • Unplug electronics when not in use; or
  • Plug electronics into simple power strip, and turn off the strip when not in use; or
  • Plug electronics into a power strip with a remote switch like this one; or
  • Plug electronics into a smart strip, which eliminates standby loads for many devices and can be automatically controlled either by your TV or by your computer; or
  • Plug electronics and other continuous devices (fountain pumps, hot water recirculation pumps, etc.) into a digital timer and set it so they only come on when needed.
  • Make sure all computers are set to shut down automatically (or at least go into standby or hibernate mode) when not in use.
  • Plug battery chargers into an energy saving outlet like this one.
  • Get a Killawatt meter or other energy monitor and measure your individual devices to understand where your idle mode is coming from. "Until you measure, you can't manage."
  • Replace any old refrigerators. In general if they are more than 15 years old, a newer, more efficient model will pay for itself in energy savings in 2 to 5 years. Use this tool to estimate savings.
  • Get rid of stuff! Do you really need that electrically heated baby wipe dispenser? The heated towel rack? The old VCR in the guest bedroom? Three game consoles? That rarely used small fridge holding a few soft drinks?
  • Try some of these simple changes, then come back after a few weeks and check your idle load again.

All Homes Are Idling

All our homes are using electricity even when we think everything is turned off. Your refrigerators and many of your appliances are idling, using energy – a little or maybe a lot – often without providing any benefit. Add up all those idling appliances and you have your home's idle load.

Off Isn't Really Off!

Most plugged-in electronics are using some electricity even when they're turned off. Some use a lot of electricity. For example, a single plasma TV in active standby mode can consume over 200 watts of power, all the time. This table from Lawrence Berkley Labs shows some idle loads for common appliances. Of course there are some appliances that need to stay on – fridges, clocks, DVRs, home security systems, etc. – because they're providing continuous service or they lose their programming if unplugged. But many others are just wasting energy and money.

Stop the Waste: Let Dr Power Help

Dr Power will analyze your idle load and prescribe some quick and inexpensive ways to reduce it. The easiest is to unplug them. What about that old VCR? It might be consuming 20 watts and isn't been turned on in several years. Or maybe the old TV in the guest room can be unplugged for now. For electronics you use regularly, smart power strips like this one, or socket timers like this, provide simple solutions to reduce your idle load. This informative article from the DOE provides even more info.

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