Has anyone tried purchasing the solar leads and using them to identify the usage on a 240-volt circuit (since no one makes a Smart Plug for 240). I am sure it might screw up some calculation somewhere, but it would also give very concrete information in the short run.
I could see it messing with the total kWh you are showing as buying from the power company. Fortunately, they continue to send me a bill with this info no matter how much I wish they would stop.
It could mess with the total price you expect to pay, but we don’t actually track that number very closely anyway, no tiered pricing, no 30-day billing cycles.
Would it be useful? Perhaps not too. I know there isn’t a way you could tell Sense to make use of the data, but I could. I am relying on Sense to figure out what power is going where and I am just trying to help it guess. If I could actually measure specific circuits it would help me know more about my guesses.
My example is my hot tub. I know it works connected to my tub as before I forced the CTs into my main panel I tested if I had bought a dud on eBay by hooking it up in my subpanel. I got to watch EVERY nuance of the tub for several days. I know that it ALWAYS draws 57 watts. I know that when the heater is on it draws 4kWs.
But since the Hot Tub was identified it seems to think it only draws about 1kW and it puts the other 3kWs into Other. And it TOTALLY hasn’t figured out the 57 watts of Always On, but then I haven’t flipped the breaker on the tub so it really is always on, so no reason for it to see that as part of the tubs draw, per se.
This makes me think there are other circuits that I would like to look at in the same detail, or perhaps examine the tub some more. I forgot to check out the tub with the three pump levels on and the lights on. I will probably get a solar system in the not too distant future, so I would eventually use those CTs for their actual purpose, but in the meantime, any reason not to get them early and use them in this way?