Yes, “always on” usage is around 750w. Sense says the average “always on” is 220-something watts. I get that from leaving my workstation on basically 24/7 (there is a panel on the UPS that says how many watts are being drawn, which fluctuates between 100 and 200 if the screens are off (most of the time), or 200 and 300 if the screens are on, but even then, I still have ~350w above the “average” usage to account for).
I understand the motor kicks and I’m not concerned about those really. I’m concerned about the constant activation and deactivation of the 50w consumer because I think it may portend the larger issue. There have been occasions where I see spikes like that up to 300w for a period of time.
I just went through and hit almost every breaker. There was little change. It’s the middle of the night and most of the stuff in the house is off and we’re baselining usage at ~1kw. The lowest I got it was by shutting off the office breaker, which dropped us to a baseline of 500w, which, with everything else already off, is still far too high.
There is no pump, heater, or other unusual appliance here. Just a fridge, washer and dryer, central AC, electric range, toaster, etc.
Is it possible that there is a bad signal coming from “the mains”, or some other feedback/harmonics issue that is making more-than-normal usage come into the house? What are some explanations or potential solutions besides “test random stuff”? Is it possible, e.g., that a neighbor is inadvertently tapped into our connection?
If I can’t just wait around 6+ weeks for Sense to figure this out, do I call an electrician (potentially the same one who installed my Sense) and ask them if they can troubleshoot/do something? I don’t know what type of diagnostic materials they’d have or need.