Having used Sense now for 8 months now, a feature that seems to me would really be helpful is the ability to “lock a device signature in”
Problem I’ve witnessed:
Over time, an accurately identified device will morph into inaccuracy. The most common morph will be the device reporting more than total use. Almost taking a different power signature and blending it. My pool pumps for example turn on 15 minutes apart. I have 2 and they are on a sub panel from the main. Both were initially detected accurately but over time, the 1st one to come on has inherited some of the increased draw of the 2nd one starting. Even though the 2nd one was also an accurately detected device itself. I’ve swapped the timer settings making the 2nd come on 1st, now both device signatures exhibit similar “15 minutes in” increases. Obviously this causes total device usage reported when both are running to be greater than total house draw.
Rather than a device changing itself uncontrollably, allow us via the app, to lock a known good device into not changing itself. If later sense desires to change it, have the app altert us. Something like a message that tells us a “heads up” that sense believes this device signature has changed. This notification could give us some options like
- proceed with the change
- engage support to investigate
- contact an electrician to check physical appliance
- discard modification and consider new device creation
Options 2 and 3 would not immediately join the change to the existing device profile
Option 4 would create a new device leaving the existing locked one alone or discard the data as an anomaly
I would think this type of feature fits into the vision of sense reporting possible appliance issues before a complete failure of the appliance as well as greater sense accuracy.