I have been working for over two decades to save money in my home. One of the ongoing issues has been electricity. I was one of the first users of Google Power Meter system. That was eye-opening. Not a lot we could do back then. I the years past that we have had several appliance upgrades, 90% LED conversion. Desktops to laptops, and much more.
Two weeks ago I moved off of ComEd real time pricing as the base per min cost had risen above the normal cost. Where I had been saving around 30% a month we went to -15% in three months. COVID? Natural Gas speaker? PJM integrations? I do not know all of the causes.
I needed a better direct monitor of power use. Sense seems to be a part of that. So three days ago I ordered and installed the hardware. The discovery process seems interesting. Reading here indicates a lot of variability in the AI’s ability to figure stuff out. I also feel that the designers could help them selves out by letting users tell them what is on and off! I can see it on the graph, I know what it is. I can help!
There is a lot of discussion around there for using SmartPlugs, etc. I have three models that integrate with HomeKit. They are helping me with understanding what devices are drawing. OF Course a Kill-A-Watt would do the same thing.
I have setup two Kasa devices on my Freezer and Fridge and will see about letting the folks at Sense monitor them to help. While this good for the community, I think there is a LOT of risk putting internet connected switches on critial infrastructure like your freezer. Pretty eays for that voice assistant to turn it off! or a fat finger on a touch screen.
Relying on devices that are vampire power seems to be counter to the primary goal here. Use less, train users to turn stuff off, Save the Planet.
I used to have a couple of power strips with remote switches I could leave on the desktop to shut off all that gear around the computer. Trying to find more of them. Any sources?
Does it really matter what your laptop draws, it will go to sleep? HomePod is about 2 watts on standby, HomePod Mini is about .3 watts!
Does that Raspberry Pi music server drawing 7 watts need to be on all the time, or can just turn it on when needed? Putting a remote switch that draws 1 to 2 watts seems to be working against my goals.
Just a few random thoughts. I will start talking about savings in a couple of days, I had to get this out here. I have dropped from 315 always on to 238 with a couple of changes that were easy. One was a desktop gaming machine that was not sleeping.