So, some devices have dedicated circuits in most electrical panels. It would seem very useful to have the option of connecting a second pair of clamps to the Sense monitor. An alternative to a second set of clamps going on the load side of a breaker in the panel could be an external accessory that plugs inline to 15amp receptacles (connected via wifi).
Once the secondary clamps are installed on a device, Sense would benefit from having that truth value (whether or not your furnace circuit is drawing power) to learn what your furnace looks like on the main clamps.
After installing the secondary clamps, the user would be prompted to identify the single appliance on the circuit using the community labels. Once Sense has gathered enough information about that device, the user can be notified that they can now move the secondary clamps to another device specific circuit and start over again.
Obviously, there are flaws in this approach:
- someone may not know there are other devices on a circuit that aren’t supposed to be there
- some appliances have secondary loads, for example condensate pump on a furnace with an cooling coil
- some devices typically only found on circuits with multiple other loads, so the inline “clamps” plugged in between the device and 15 amp receptacle would be required