Granted this is an open forum and all voices are to be heard and respected. However, my intention when I started this thread was not to hear from those who’ve lost faith in Sense and moved on. My intention instead was to ask how long the ‘pull/interest’ from such novel device is. To me, this is really a hobby, with a very capable device that provides some insight into our power consumption habits. I am cognizant this is by no means a pro-grade device that’s going to tell us ALL about such habits. If that is the expectation, then $300 won’t get you there ($240 if you bought yours when it was on sale). No, I am not saying Sense should increase their sticker price either. I’ve worked for many years on signal processing, and it is not a trivial task to accomplish what the device promises/delivers.
How about specific conditions in our houses that make it ‘difficult’ for the device to do its thing? How clean is the power? How old are the devices? Are the devices placed behind UPS (my TV and Computers are). I certainly cannot expect Sense to detect my Samsung TV when such TV is plugged into a UPS … Granted, for some of us there are still many undetected devices, and so be it. But still, for the little orange box to do what it does, in my book, is phenomenal. I studied/researched the device for a long time before deciding to acquire one. I am ‘fascinated’ not by what the device promises, but by how novel the technology/approach is. This is in essence the reason for the thread: How long such a novel approach/technology would keep your interest high enough?
For those with plenty of time, just the ability to double-check (and challenge) the charges from the Utilities Company is a big plus … Seeing the graphs move up/down when my kettle kicks in is a big plus … seeing how the oven heats up by continuously going thru on/off cycles (for those of us that did not know how thermostats work) is a big plus … coming to the realization that the power pulled in by the fridge is not constant, but depends on how many devices are energized is … well, you get my point. It’s a hobby, and it’s a lot of learning. And for that, it’s worth the $300 I spent on it (+ the DCMs and few KP115).
Whichever stage you’re at (see original post), I hope the device delivers on your expectations.
Peace and Happy New Year.
Disclaimer: Sense is the brainchild of MIT-affiliated people. As a graduate of such school myself, I’m naturally a bit biased.