The King of Always On

Always on:
Dec: 228
Jan: 261
Feb: 170
March 125

I slipped backwards on the always on a little but solar was more than usage for first time! Of our 950 kwh 402 was the Tesla, love that showing up correctly now!

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Usage History: I’m within the lower 10% of energy utilization in both Average Watts and Always On, compared to Sense users, within the state of Ohio .

Standard Smart Home: Ranch with full basement (3k sqft living space), built April 2016, 3 bedroom, 3 baths. Gas appliances (Furnace, Water Heater, Oven, Dryer)

Primary Occupants: 2-Adults (Husband & non-working Spouse)

Sense Installation Date: January 2, 2018

  1. Jan 2019 - (Average 692 watts) (Always On 163 watts)
  2. Feb 2019 - (Average 521 watts) (Always On 101 watts)
  3. Mar 2019 - (Average 471 watts) (Always On 95 watts)
  4. Apr 2019 - (Average 397 watts) (Always On 98 watts)
  5. May 2019 - (Average 382 watts) (Always On 100 watts)

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I just took the crown. The New King of Always On

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Your Always On of 25 watts is something for me to reach for… Congratulations on a job well-done!!

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Thank you! Let me know when you reach it!

Usage History: I’m within the lower 10% in both Average Watts and Always On , compared to Sense users, within the state of Ohio .

Standard Smart Home: Ranch with full basement (3k sqft living space), built April 2016, 3 bedroom, 3 baths. Gas appliances (Furnace, Water Heater, Oven, Dryer)

Primary Occupants: 2-Adults (Husband & non-working Spouse)

Sense Installation Date: January 2, 2018

  1. Jan 2019 - ( Average 692 watts) ( Always On 163 watts)
  2. Feb 2019 - ( Average 521 watts) ( Always On 101 watts)
  3. Mar 2019 - ( Average 471 watts) ( Always On 95 watts)
  4. Apr 2019 - ( Average 397 watts) ( Always On 98 watts)
  5. May 2019 - ( Average 382 watts) ( Always On 100 watts)
  6. Jun 2019 - ( Average 387 watts) ( Always On 97 watts)

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Went up quite a bit from June! Running the AC more?

July’s notable energy increase is obviously due to my non-stop Air Conditioning usage! Comfort is truly important and home automation allowed its efficient use. For now, I’m maintaining low usage, compared to others in my state.

Here is a listing of the top energy consumers, accounting for 87.4% of the total usage:

  1. (39.1%) - Air Conditioning
  2. (36.8%) - Other
  3. (11.5%) - Always On
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#scoreboard

That’s fantastic! I’m curious what your approach was to find the “vampire” draws around your house. Did you literally go room-to-room, look at the power outlets and unplug what wasn’t needed? What were your sneakiest and most surprising power drains?

Thanks!

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I actually wrote a blog recently with some pretty thorough steps to do this: https://blog.sense.com/dive-deeper-into-your-always-on-load/

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Usage History: I’m within the lower 10% in both Average Watts and Always On , compared to Sense users, within the state of Ohio .

Standard Smart Home: Ranch with full basement (3k sqft living space), built April 2016, 3 bedroom, 3 baths. Gas appliances (Furnace, Water Heater, Oven, Dryer)

Primary Occupants: 2-Adults (Husband & non-working Spouse)

Sense Installation Date: January 2, 2018

  1. Jan 2019 - (Average 692 watts) (Always On 163 watts)
  2. Feb 2019 - (Average 521 watts) (Always On 101 watts)
  3. Mar 2019 - (Average 471 watts) (Always On 95 watts)
  4. Apr 2019 - (Average 397 watts) (Always On 98 watts)
  5. May 2019 - (Average 382 watts) (Always On 100 watts)
  6. Jun 2019 - (Average 387 watts) (Always On 97 watts)
  7. Jul 2019 - (Average 999 watts) (Always On 115 watts)
  8. Aug 2019 - (Average 706 watts) (Always On 97 watts)

Number of Found Devices: 16 (Removed 3 devices that were no longer detected)

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Are you using an HVAC system of any kind?
I don’t know how it would be that low unless using windows to regulate temperature.
There is something wonky about the average and total usage on yours, the numbers don’t add up.
If using an average of 706 watts then the total should be 508KWH.

My HVAC info is provided below… I’d like to address the potential “wonky”! Sense is my absolute favorite Smart Home Device and I’d like to see any suggestions to better ensure things are working as intended. I’m open to all suggestions!!

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HVAC: Goodman
Model: GMSS920402BN

My centralized heating, ventilation and air conditioning system operates in a dual-zone configuration - split between the main floor and basement areas. During the cooling season, the basement zone rarely engages - since warm air rises to the main floor. Prior to turning off the A/C unit on September 1st, the main floor zone thermostat was set as follows and the basement zone 2-degrees warmer:

06:00am - 72
06:00pm - 71
10:00pm - 70
11:45pm - 69

My always on, wondering if it’ll drop the more devices it can identify. Hoping! Seems kinda high.

Always On won’t really change with more detections. I did this diagram to help explain Always On vs. the variable / transitions usage of the devices in your house. Bottom line is that the only detections that will remove some of the Always On are detections via smartplugs because smartplugs can “see” both the Always On and the variable part of device usage. A standard Sense detection only “sees” the big transitions, not the stable Always On usage.

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BTW - Your Always On is a little high…

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yeah i was hoping for more insight as to what my always on is through sense. really need to figure out what all my usage is going to. we do have 2 fridge freezers and 3 tvs (those are always on stand by through the day) and a dvr. Perhaps the extra fridge fridge freezer could account for the 200? But then it wouldnt be counted as always on…sooo bit of a loss at the moment.

If you really want to do a thorough breakdown of your Always On usage, I put together this guide:
https://blog.sense.com/dive-deeper-into-your-always-on-load/

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Thanks Ryan, i think thats what i may have to do :slight_smile:

Usage History: I’m within the lower 10% in both Average Watts and Always On , compared to Sense users, within the state of Ohio .

Standard Smart Home: Ranch with full basement (3k sqft living space), built April 2016, 3 bedroom, 3 baths. Gas appliances ( Furnace, Water Heater, Oven, Dryer )

Primary Occupants: 2-Adults (Husband & non-working Spouse)

Sense Installation Date: January 2, 2018

  1. Jan 2019 - (Average 692 watts) (Always On 163 watts) - (HyperLink)
  2. Feb 2019 - (Average 521 watts) (Always On 101 watts) - (HyperLink)
  3. Mar 2019 - (Average 471 watts) (Always On 95 watts) - (HyperLink)
  4. Apr 2019 - (Average 397 watts) (Always On 98 watts) - (HyperLink)
  5. May 2019 - (Average 382 watts) (Always On 100 watts) - (HyperLink)
  6. Jun 2019 - (Average 387 watts) (Always On 97 watts) - (HyperLink)
  7. Jul 2019 - (Average 999 watts) (Always On 115 watts) - (HyperLink)
  8. Aug 2019 - (Average 706 watts) (Always On 97 watts) - (HyperLink)
  9. Sep 2019 - Factory Reset of Monitor: Sept 18, 2019 - (HyperLink)
  10. Oct 2019 - (Average 381 watts) (Always On 94 watts)

Notes:

  • Number of Originally Found Devices: 16 (Removed 3 devices that were no longer detected)
  • Post-Reset - Number of Found Devices: 8 (No Merged Devices)

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