At the risk of being declared the ultimate nerd, I am gonna go out on a limb and share my extraordinary Always On success story. In 2011, I installed a 5kW solar array. Prior to doing so, I began getting a handle on wasted energy. Devices that were truly always on like TVs, routers, modems, DVR, microwave, etc. were left alone. Items that would be used intermittently like scanners, printers, stereo components, etc. moved to smart surge protectors.
Once this project was successful, in 2012, I added a Chevy Volt and 1kW more solar. We are retired driving 8000 annual electric miles and gas miles for long trips, so 1kW did the trick. Maybe 2kW for future usage.
I installed my Sense monitor in Q1 of 2018. It has taken several months to find 30 major components, and still waiting to discover my EV, I’m talkin to you Sense staff =). Still all in all, the real-time visual of solar vs household energy has been eye-opening. My EV is charged by a smart EVSE provided by MyEnergi called the zappi. It allows me to charge only when the sun is shining or when surplus power is available. So when I saw the Always On average was 288, I knew we would be half of that right off the bat. We have over 30 electronic devices that could be impacted by the Always On monitor (see below).
Soooo here comes the nerd. Ohhh how my wife hates the newly implemented Sense goals! So back in 2011, I got the low hanging fruit if you will. Now, I have really gone after optimization. Here are just a few. Spectrum is our ISP. We found a Motorola Surfboard SB6580 router/modem combo that cut that always on usage in half of using two components. Our LED TVs are Samsung that have fantastic sleep mode pulling the minimum vampire drain. We made sure that all tablets, laptops, and phones were set to proper sleep mode. We unplugged all the bricks that were being used seasonally. For instance, our pellets stove does not need to register in the summertime. So maybe I saved this picture for last. Snapped the picture when other was at a minimum as not to confuse with always-on. Anybody better than this?