I’ve convinced myself there is no easy way to assess the precision (vs. accuracy) of AO anyway. Perceptions vary. How precise should AO be?
[Apologies if this has been hashed out elsewhere]
Case in point: a fridge (on a smart plug so I trust the watts accuracy):
In my mind (and perhaps technically) a fridge is Always On but the standby use on mine is ~1w; the average use is 42w (as listed) ==> 376kWh/yr although the actual use (as listed) will be around 300kWh because “it switches on and off periodically”
Personally, I want the AO listing for my fridge (not all devices in the same way) to show average usage based on actual annual usage of 300kWh / (365 x 24) = 34w (or thereabouts).
From an actionable standpoint I can see why Sense goes with the AO being what it is (I think) … to motivate consumption reduction … you can’t unplug your fridge/freezer.
From my reaction to watching AO I can tell that by only accounting for my fridge’s standby as the AO that I am getting a false sense of what really is my Always On total.
The Wemo that the fridge is plugged in to shows “Average when on” of 33w and I can set the On/Standby Threshold wattage (currently 2w … the minimum) … which makes me wonder if a User-settable (and/or Auto Threshold) similar to Wemo wouldn’t work for a more meaningful (to the individual) AO?
All the while with AO I feel like I’m missing something. Ironic.