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Howdy, Y’all! New user here. I recently connected solar to my house and was curious to better understand exactly what was being produced (in comparison to my inverter) compared with what I was consuming from the grid. This smart little gadget seems to be doing the trick, although I just installed it today. Still waiting on the 48-hour analysis for the detection of power hogs, but this should give me a better idea of exactly what is going where. I was a little concerned / confused on whether or not to place the main clamps above or below the tap from solar, so interested in understanding the difference - even though both configs are “acceptable”.
I also would like to see a way to train my Sense to known systems - I have 3 AC units, so I am not sure if I can rename them just yet. I am just excited to get my head around this for once.
I am David, and I live in Suburban Toronto. I have been considering the purchase of Sense for at least one year now and I finally made the plunge. My desire to install Sense on my panel comes from the fact that my electric company account constantly shows my house as the largest electricity consumer in the neighbourhood. I know that much of this is due to both my wife and I working from home, but when we were still the outlier electricity wise during the pandemic, I decided I needed to understand how we are wasting so much money on electricity and hoping that awareness will help us reduce our usage.
I am a bit of a Tech Junkie and have a combination of Z-Wave and Google Home / Nest devices throughout my house controlling most of my lights and other devices. I promptly associated Sense to my google home but have yet to dig into that more than associating it.
I have had Sense running for 6 days, to which I have detected AC, coffee maker, my hue lights due to the hue integration, one burner of my stove 3x based on settings, my garage fridge and beer fridge but not my main fridge (sigh)… and surprisingly the blower of my furnace as long as AC isn’t on?!?
I am looking forward to seeing more devices appear and unraveling the mysteries of the devices that are identified.
Nice to meet everyone and I expect to spend some quality time on this forum.
Welcome @redlow and Happy Sensing! Like many things powered by data, Sense is a learning device. This means that when you first install your Sense, it may take a few weeks for devices to appear. Over time, as Sense begins to see many repetitions of devices working in your home, it will learn what many different appliances are, and begin to name them. In the average home, Sense typically detects 20-25 devices by the 6-month mark. So keep an eye out for your main fridge!
Greetings - I am the Director of Engineering for fellow EIP company, Sparkfund.
I love tinkering with tech and am always happy when I get my hands on products like Sense.
My decision to give Sense a go was less about wrapping my head around energy usage and more about trying to investigate some suspected power quality issues. Many products out there seem to generally focus on the usage only and do not have any provisions for monitoring incoming voltage in the same way that Sense has chosen to address it. While using two slots in my breaker panel for Sense does seem like a lot of real estate, if it stops my LEDs from blinking randomly and suffering premature deaths, it will be worth it.
I have 2 Nest thermostats, a handful of Echoes, and a MyQ garage door opener. I am sadly missing a Clapper from my repertoire, but I am hopeful that this gap is finally filled in the not so distant future.
Georgia style barbeque is probably my favorite largely because there is not a major commitment to a specific sauce, but the sauce is still important. Texas-style is a close second, though, since it’s tough to go wrong there. Carolina style also has a special place in my heart too… I just really like barbecue.
I love Sense! Been a customer since July 2016 (was part of the original Early Adopter program), just shows how I installed Sense and found it incredibly useful over the years! However, I recently added Solar and its utility is at least an order of magnitude better - that and I (at long last) put the primary sensors on the utility feed lines directly - versus the interior sub-panel! For the first time I can see EVERYTHING!
One thing that I wish Sense would add is the “Net Production” metric on the web app. I love the iOS app and it shows there, but occasionally I’ll jump onto home[.]sense[.]com for a more “big screen” experience. Seems like a fairly simple addition, but adding the “Net Production” number to the home[.]sense[.]com/solar page would be a fantastic addition.
So what hoops do I need to jump through before I can ask a question? I’m stuck on installing solar sensors and you don’t have support on Sunday so I came here to find the answers and I’m not allowed to post a question and have no idea what I need to do before I can. So firstly, you should probably address that policy, which literally no other support forum I have used requires. I don’t want to introduce myself, I simply want answers to the issue I’m experiencing… at the weekend… when I have time to address them.
Welcome to the community @dogfather and @gstewart! Thanks for your feedback @gstewart, I will pass this along to the appropriate parties within the Sense Team. If you have any further questions or suggestions please let us know!
Hi, I’ve just joined the community after having solar panels installed on my house and having Sense installed in my electric panel. Still getting the hang of the app and trying to learn as much as I can. BTW I’m an architect and have been wanting to do solar for a long time. Staring at data is kind of a passion of mine. Looking forward to seeing Sense start pulling data from my house.
Mark, did you ever get your readings resolved?
Sadly, there are YouTube channels showing “how to install Sense” that have it all wrong, don’t follow them! I suspect you have one or more of the CTs out of phase.
Hi all, I work for the power company. 12 years as a lineman and three years in the control room. I’ve had my sense somewhere around 3 years and finally hooked it up less than a week ago… My Sense has already found 9 devices. I have three breaker boxes, two AC/heat pump’s, two emergency heat strip units and two hot water heaters. Sense is telling me that I consume more power than the average sense user . I’m a tech nerd and am excited about this device for future troubleshooting and all the information it’s already giving me. I’m unable to get a power quality graph so far but I figure that will come soon. We use a device similar to these in the field for customers with repeating problems but it’s a recording device that you leave on for a week or so then collect the device and sift through the data. I don’t really have a lot of smart devices, two Honeywell smart thermostats and a handful of cheap plug in smart outlet switches. All my lighting is LED. I like dry rub mesquite smoked barbecue and don’t mess it up by pouring bbq sauce all over it!