Thank you to those of you who provided your thoughtful survey feedback and for adding your devices to the Always On database! As we promised in the Always On Estimates release announcement, we’ll be routinely issuing updates to the database. We’re happy to announce our first round of updates, including about 100 new devices and generic types, such as:
- Raspberry Pi computers
- Radon fans
- Garage door openers
- Networking components - routers, access points
- Networked Attached Storage servers
We want to be confident in our additions, so we need good data. This may come from manufacturers directly, third-party sources like Energy Star, smart plug data, or from custom devices. Unfortunately, data sources in the first two buckets can be tough to come by for many devices, so we’re relying on you for accurate custom devices! If you’re not finding an exact device in the database, it would help us tremendously if you created it as a custom device, ascertained an Always On estimate via the Power Meter, and added an accurate make/model.
If you’d prefer not to do that, be sure to make use of the generic category-level devices in the database, by searching for generic ‘types’ like TV, Router, or Soundbar. These averages are based on a large amount of data and they should cover the most common cases.
A quick note about some certain device types — there were many requests for devices like computers, UPSs, and network switches. The idle load for these types of devices is highly variable, depending on load. Before we feel confident in issuing useful estimates, we need to see a lot more data.