So, i ended up actually returning my Sense, and purchasing a TED.
- Polished interface (web and mobile)
- Dedicated app from manufacturer
- Very responsive and interactive graphing (really like the zooming and panning)
- Device summary including isolated graph
- (Future?) potentially warn you something is about to fail
- Simple installation
- Lower cost
- No significant way to help Sense identify appliances
- No TOU rates
- No stand alone option (requires? up to date phone app or internet connection)
- No advanced / expansion / api / power user features
- Slow (days-months) device detection
TED (pro home)
- (optional) dedicated circuit monitoring
- TOU billing, including base fees, taxes, tiered plans etc
- standalone local network appliance (firmware upgradeable), runs even if WAN internet is down, no dependancy on phone app staying up to date with latest mobile OS version, or web service staying free
- manual, url, and automated data exporting, second level for main, minute level or higher for circuits
- more hands-on, power user friendly (in my opinion)
- 60 amp CT can lack sensitivity to low loads (<20w) even after additional zeroing calibration
- additional (high) cost to expand number of individual circuit monitoring clamps
- have to choose between better precision, and higher amperage rating / future flexibility when ordering 20, 60, 200, or 400 amp CT for additional circuits
- clunky graphing and UI in general
- third party mobile apps are clunky & limited
- minor bugs and glitches when changing configuration options
- no live / seconds level monitoring of individual circuits
- no individual circuit alerts
I was on the fence between the two products, and bought the Sense on an impulse, thinking the price i was seeing was in my local currency (CAD). After using the Sense for a few days, and seeing a TED kit on sale, i decided Sense wasn’t really what i was looking for.
Even on sale, the TED was a bit more, but for me, i value having more defined labeling of dedicated circuits, and TOU billing available right out of the box. My utility provides TOU monitoring via a website, but it’s delayed by a day, so having that pricing information reflected in real time, and tied to dedicated circuits when i’m using an energy monitor was really what i was looking for.
I can certainly see the value of the approach that Sense is taking. For example, my blender isn’t on a dedicated circuit, and even if i always plugged it into a dedicated plug in the kitchen, other things could get plugged in and i would get false “total” if i relied on simply labeling a circuit vs the actual power signal that Sense would eventually (hopefully) identify.
But honestly the my main concern with Sense is the unknowingly long wait to identify appliances i’m interested in. I’m a fairly handy guy, so running a new power cable to an appliance is much more appealing than waiting to see if Sense will even identify my fridge, or my entire furnace.
Just my thoughts, hopefully it helps someone else who might be on the fence, one way or another.