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New system shows homeowners how utilities are used – and how to cut back

Texas Tech researchers are aiming to give consumers a way to make informed decisions about the ways they use utilities like water and electricity, along with a way to reduce a household’s reliance on the grid.

The patent pending Home Utility Management System, or HUMS, pairs a water catchment system, solar panels, and a wind turbine with a monitoring system that lets residents see exactly how much water and electricity they use and provides suggestions on ways to improve consumption. Texas Tech University currently has a pending patent application filed in March 2019 with inventors Brian Ancell, Carol Lindquist, Nadia Flores-Yeffal, Beibei Ren, and Ken Rainwater.

Read more from Kaitlyn Hale with Texas Tech Discoveries here.