Installed Sense about a month ago on Oct 19th. Been reading the forums for about half a year prior.
Having a good idea what to expect, honestly I’m quite surprised at how well it works, with the exception of the server issues Sense had. There are a few things that could use some improvement which make it more user friendly and provide a better user experience, most of that has been covered elsewhere.
As far as my setup. House is about 1800sq ft + finished basement, split/hillside ranch (1 story front, 2 back) built in the 1950’s by a rather odd electrician. Most of the lighting was controlled by old Remcon low voltage switching with extra switches in strange locations. About 6 years ago I completely gutted the lower level and remodeled including a new subpanel, wiring and everything down the line. 5yrs ago the service mains needed to be replaced so we switched from above to below ground with new meter and main panel. Had planed on remodeling upper level but that’s on an indefinite hold as my mother who lives with us has Alzheimer’s disease and any change at this point would be too confusing. Which brings me to one of the reasons for installing Sense. Notifications when something has been turned on, or on too long like the stove or microwave, as an additional layer of safety.
So far in the month since installing Sense it has detected 16 devices. A bunch a were not detected completely accurately, but 16 devices is more then I had expected. For the most part I have been able to figure them out.
1st device detected was 3 days in labeled coffee maker, turns out it was an aquarium heater. Quite a few devices followed with the most recent motor device detected yesterday which is my dryer motor.
The devices detected, I have labeled as:
Aquarium heater 1
Aquarium heater 2
Coffee Maker (kitchen)
Furnace (induction motor)
Kitchen Fridge (compressor)
Laser Printer and Keurig (Sense can’t tell them apart)
Living Room recessed lights
Motor 1 (unknown)
Oven (bake element)
Stove (large burner)
Stove (small burner)
My always on is around 700-750w and slowly moving into the other category.
Other is always really high, hopefully Sense can help sort that out and I can bring it down with time.
Trends Compare is a lot higher than similar homes in me area, state, and all homes so I have a lot of work to do.
I do have 4 aquariums a 220 gallon, 65 gallon with 20 gal sump, a 55gallon and a 10 gallon. Combined they use a lot of power.
The recessed lights Sense detected are currently incandescent on a dimmer. After seeing how much power they use I plan on switching them over to LED very soon.
Most other lighting is LED with the exception of my shop where I have florescent tubes as I need bright light with no shadows. I’d love to swap them out to LED too if I could find a great deal on a TON of them.
I might try moving the breaker powering my office to the other leg in the panel to even out the load a bit more which would also put the printer on a different leg than the Keurig.
The most interesting thing I’ve seen in the meter is my MIG welder.
Power quality has had a few dips, mostly during a decent windstorm we had.
Overall I’d say this relationship off to a good start and I’m looking forward to see what the future holds.