I joined the Sense community back in September but have been lurking until now. My name is John but my online handle is Faejon. I picked that handle because that is the name of my first EverQuest character from back in 1999. I got my Sense in September before I got solar panels added to my house. I was on a quest to understand my electric power usage and level up my eco-friendly energy footprint.
I’m using the Sense for energy consumption monitoring and using the Enphase Enlighten / Envoy for solar production monitoring. The solar is located outside on the side of the house and is grid tied in to the electric meter while the Sense is in the garage in the main electric panel. If you are interested here is a YouTube video a friend produced for his channel about the install.
I have been running the sense now for about 2 months and the app has detected 15 devices. Some of them are right all of the time and some of them have me scratching my head. To complicate matters my Mother-in-Law lives in the downstairs rooms and has a full kitchen in the garage. So we share one electric Washer and Dryer but between us we have 3 refrigerators, 2 gas ranges / oven, 2 microwaves, 2 dishwashers and 1 upright freezer. This means I have to track down which compressor motor or ice maker is the Sense detecting now.
So far the Sense has been a help in understanding our combined electrical consumption. But, has made me a little more creepy. My wife gets unnerved when I call home from work asking what she is microwaving for lunch .
I look forward to reading everyone’s story and hope that I can be of help to others in the future.
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