Today Sense uses ONLY smart plugs that have built-in energy monitoring. Simplistically, Sense ‘delegates’ the task of identifying specific devices by capitalizing on the smarts and built-in sensor inside such smart plug.
However, there are many non-energy monitoring plugs that Sense could be made to ‘probe/query’. I’m thinking it would help Sense to know which devices are on and which are not, to help a bit with the detection.
Of course this does not work if I have smart plug for my TV, then use the remote to turn the TV on/off … as the smart-plug status does not tell me what’s truly happening. However, if I use smart-plugs in conjunctions with (non-dimmable) lights, then for sure whether the plug is on/off gives valuable info as to how many Watts I’m pulling to light the living room. Possibly not an attractive ROI, in terms of what one gets vs. how much programming resources one needs to invest.
Any thoughts on this?