I’ve had my Sense installed for just over two weeks. I figured it’s about time I write something here. Three devices have been identified so far: refrigerator after three days, and refrigerator light and microwave after 12 days.
I’m a low energy use case. Going back 11 years my largest gas/electric bill has been $49.05, the lowest -26.63. In California we get credits in April and October and the negative bill was a credit month. This is for a 1246 sq. ft. townhouse. I used to have a roommate, but haven’t in over 10 years, so I get to do things my way! I have NEVER turned on my heater and do not have A/C. I have a dishwasher that I also have never turned on since I purchased the place in 2004.
I’d say I’m an excellent cost cutter, and I have no problems living below my means. So, Sense appealed to me because I’ve had some concerns with my refrigerator. Since Sense has been installed I have REALLY got to see how much the fridge uses. It turns on about 35 minutes out of every hour, using 154 watts and is about 35% of my total bill. It appears that the frequency it turns on is typical, but I may be able to find something more efficient.
As a cost cutter/vampire, I don’t usually turn on lights frequently. My kitchen recessed lights turn on automatically when my motion sensor picks me up around 4 am. They are only on less than 5 minutes. My bathroom globe vanity lights are also used about the same amount daily. Other than that I like it cold and dark in my place! I’m on TOU and I do not do ANYTHING during that time. From 4pm to 9pm no TV, cooking or electronics going other than maybe a tablet. I do all of my clothes washing only during “Super off-peak” times (normally start a load about 3:45am and am able to dry before leaving for work.)
I’m not optimistic about many more detections in my place, but I am hoping for the garage door opener, gas water heater (unlikely), my computer. I know LED lights are difficult and most of my lighting is, so those are unlikely too. I’m guessing it will detect the light bulb inside the range too.
Some other IOT devices I have are: HDHomeRun, MyQ Garage door, Bond controlling three ceiling fans, Nest thermostat and smoke alarm, one Google home, two Insignia smart speakers, chromecast, Bloomsky weather station, a couple of receptacles, and a SmartThings hub with door contacts, a leak sensor by my water heater, and a motion sensor which picks up most of the living area and finally a Schlage door lock.
My always on stays around 68 watts, so I haven’t changed anything there. I can live with that. If I could get solar I would. One of my friends recently did and his overage was more than my total usage. 145 kWh over; my usage 133kWh. When it gets easy and common for condo/townhome owners to do so, I will.
You may wonder, why do I have to watch my expenses so much and do everything so tight? It’s mostly because I’m a single income residence. The other thing is I have much of my income taken away from me before I can get to it! I currently have 31% taken out for 401K. Because of that I have very little for other expenses as I can barely cover my fixed expenses!
I better wrap up this intro to me because TOU is upon me…