Thought of a nifty ifttt (ha!) integration set up I’m going to work on this weekend: to link Sense reporting of my water heater on/off states to my ecobee thermostat.
Why? In many parts of the country, electric utilities are moving towards a demand charge scheme (especially in solar states). AZ hasn’t gone that direction yet, but aps and srp, our two largest providers, are asking our utility commission to allow the change.
I notice with some frequency (thanks to Sense!) my water heater overlapping with my heat pump - drawing extreme amounts of power (for our small home) - 10kw typically.
Enter ifttt - “if Sense says water heater is on, then tell ecobee to set a hold;” “if Sense says water heater is off, then tell ecobee to resume schedule.” That’d cut our demand in half.
This should work for a number of high use devices like our stove and dryer, but we’re still waiting on a solid ID of those devices.
Any other good ideas?