As a family of 6 I constantly need to police electric usage by children and make sure devices/lights/fans are turned off during sleep and away times.
Wasteful usage Forecasting & Alerts
1-Sleep Mode.: a general alert of usage above a certain amount (set by user or/and by Sense algorithm ) would be very helpful.
For example : my average is about 300 watts /hour from 10 pm - 6am. Many times, devices will be left on and the hourly average would be around 450-550 watts per hour. An alert set for 10:30 pm with a threshold of 350 watts /hour would help identify devices that can be turned off. I would do the rounds and shut them off.
2- Away mode: like sleep mode, Sense can build forecasting of usage based on the data of normal daily usage averages (sleep mode and away mode) and an alerts can be set up to notify me of potential issues before bedtime or leaving the house.
For example, when we leave the house and everything is turned off , the house consumes on average 300 watts/hr.
When put in away mode, sense can do a calculation/diagnostics of current wattage use, subtract away the identified usage that runs constantly (i.e. Freezer, fridge etc) check the always on /other usage and alert me if the wattage is high with potential to seek and turn off unnecessary devices.
When Sense identifies every electric consumer in the household. This feature will become redundant but will act as an assistant to users who don’t check the readings constantly. In the mean time, it would fill a usage gap and has the potential to save an extra 2-3 kWh daily.
These alerts would help me bring down my usage further and alert me to potential waste.