Wish for Usage table to show $X.yy

After you reach $1 , the Usage table prices rounds up or down to the next whole dollar. I like this clean appearance, but can there be a switch for more granular cost measurements?
I modify my appliances, for example my water heater, and I’d like to see the impact on a daily basis. With a family of 8, there is no daily routine or predictability.
I know I can watch the kWh, but I’d like to know when my water heater costs me $2 one day, was it really $1.55 or $1.65?
If it shows $1… was it really $1.45?
This may sound lame, but for 7 months, I’ve not been able to embrace kWh alone. As I talk to people who don’t track power, they can’t speak kWhs.
–a very special, authentic wish from MachoDrone…

  • Add a switch to turn on $X.yy
  • Always show $X.yy
  • Just show whole dollars

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For me, with TOU and tiered pricing, the $ amount is so far removed from the actual (there can be a 3x differential from lowest to highest incremental pricing), that any decimal points are just false precision But understand why people might want.


Hey, Kev. Did this above post help you come reasonably close to finding a useful flat rate?


I’ll give you a detailed answer - yes and no. Reasonable at an aggregate multi-month level. Maybe OK at monthly level. Not so great for looking at spot usage costs. Here’s a comparison of my monthly PG&E billings vs. Sense results using your “effective flat rate” approach.

A few things to understand first -

  1. My electric bill has 2 components (really more):
  • A NEM (net energy) cost based on my energy use net of my solar production. I actually don’t pay most of this part of my bill until a true-up payment in Dec. This part comes from my main power company and included the cost of power transmission, distribution plus tiered costs to encourage conservation.
  • A PCE component which is the actually cost of energy production - I have a different supplier than my main power company that delivers 100% renewable electricity.
  1. My power billing month does not align with calendar months and in fact can move around start/end dates by 3-4 days within a month. That explains the difference in kWh between Sense and my power company usage readings. My net readings are within 1% of Sense on a daily measurement basis. Until Sense reports monthly data according to my variable billing cycle, comparisons are really hard vs. my power company.

  2. But if I ignore that obvious source of discrepancy, Sense estimates some months well and some months far less well.


See also a related request: Energy graph labels insufficient decimals

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