In a previous blog post, Mark Johnson Custom Homes introduced our readers to The Energy Detective (TED) , the latest in energy monitoring systems for your home. TED was essential in giving their Green home in Landfall in Wilmington, NC a LEED Platinum rating, the highest rating of a Green home by the U.S. Green Building Council and certifying it as an Energy Star home. As emphasized previously by Mark Johnson Custom Homes and in a recent article by Stephani L. Miller of, installing an energy monitor alone will not lead to utility savings. There are two key points that must be addressed regarding the system you’re installing and its daily use.

First, the energy monitoring system must provide essential data to the homeowner that will result in behavioral changes. Real-time data that is useful to the homeowner is a must, whether it’s in table or chart form, or includes tips on how to manage your home’s energy consumption. And secondly, the information must prompt the homeowner to implement behavioral changes. Changing your behavior is the most effective method in energy savings and according to Miller’s report, many of the latest monitoring systems do not provide the proper information for homeowners. The Mark Johnson Custom Homes team is proud to announce that TED provides real-time information in an easy to use format, therefore increasing your annual energy savings!  

Energy Monitoring System

If you live in the Wilmington, NC area and would like more information on The Energy Detective, contact Electronics 2 You, a trusted member of the Mark Johnson Custom Homes team and one of Coastal Carolina’s finest home audio establishments.

Southeastern North Carolina’s electronic specialists, Electronics 2 You’s recent e-newsletter highlighted Control4, an energy monitoring system, and it’s use in the Las Vegas CityCenter , Aria Resort & Casino, and Mandarin Oriental. You can use Control4 to monitor the energy usage in your own home with the help of Electronics 2 You. They specialize in installing the Control4 system and TED (The Energy Detective). New Hanover County, NC Green home builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes is currently using TED at their Green home in Landfall in Wilmington, NC. “Being able to monitor the energy usage in real-time is very beneficial. It shows us what lifestyle changes we need to make to ensure the Green features of the home are used at their highest potential,” noted Mark Johnson.

Below is an excerpt from Electronics 2 You’s e-newsletter and visit their site for more information on optimizing your monetary saving in your home today! To sign up for their newsletter, click here!

“Guests will use a single remote and Control4 on-screen view to use the TV to set the systems in their rooms to their personal preferences, including lighting levels, room temperature, television/video systems, music, drapes and guest services.

Other features include:

  • A ‘good night’ scene button on the touchscreen next to the bed which turns off the lights, TV and/or music, closes the drapes, and turns on the privacy notification for the room.
  • A ‘wake-up’ scene where lights and music gradually come on, the temperature comes up, and the drapes open.
  • After a guest has checked out, a room can quickly be put in ‘unoccupied’ mode, which shuts off the lights, heating or cooling, entertainment systems, and any other electronic device in the room.
  • Integration with property management systems to deliver concierge-type services, as well as automate the guestroom, based on check-in/check-out status.
  • Sending an alert to the technical systems staff regarding problems in the room, such as low batteries in remotes.

Scot Campbell, senior vice president and chief information officer at MGM MIRAGE Information Technology, says the Control4 Suite System makes CityCenter ‘the most energy efficient establishment in Las Vegas.’ He says that is important because more consumers are conscious of being green at home and when they travel.”