I would call myself an advanced amateur at hardware/software solutions for home energy management. I experiment with various ways to remotely monitor sensors and I am particularly interested in ways to make it affordable and meaningful to track energy usage, down to the appliance level, within a residential environment.

My current system uses three power sensors and one temperature sensor (solar powered), all wireless using the zigbee protocol. They are polled by a low power gateway device that sends the sensor readings to a data logger service where the information can be charted and analysed. Cost of parts, $250.

I plan to expand the system to include indoor quality of air sensors, SMS alerts, and the ability to control the sensor devices and appliances from a secured centrally web portal.

Others are doing this, but most track whole house and are relatively expensive and are better suited to commercial buildings or high end residential homes.

We'll see how this goes...

Thoughts?

Views: 4

Tags: alerts, chart, data, energy, log, management, portal, sensor, sms, watts, More…zigbee

Comment

You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.

Latest Activity

Bud Poll replied to randy tolowski's discussion Another unvented roof question
"I've removed caulking that was over 30 years old and it outlasted the materials to which it…"
12 hours ago
Profile IconAmanda Hallock, Kalvis, Tyler Grubbs and 6 more joined Home Energy Pros
14 hours ago
Corbett Lunsford posted videos
15 hours ago
Sean Lintow Sr replied to randy tolowski's discussion Another unvented roof question
16 hours ago
randy tolowski posted discussions
18 hours ago
Todd Collins replied to Tom Strumolo's discussion Ancient (70's) wall foam insulation, now a powder.
"What did you find about the dust?  "
22 hours ago
Susan E. Buchan commented on Shawna Henderson's blog post Drainwater Heat Recovery Units & Water Efficiency
"Makes sense, Shawna. Thanks"
22 hours ago
Shawna Henderson commented on Shawna Henderson's blog post Drainwater Heat Recovery Units & Water Efficiency
"Susan, I'm not sure that insulation on the unit would be of great benefit, as the drainwater…"
22 hours ago

© 2015   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service