Work from Home Analysis

I’ll offer the permission for Sense to use my data if they want. My wife started working from home on Friday 3/20/2020 at least for 2 weeks. Normally it’s just me that works from home so I am looking for trends on increased energy use and/or timing. Right now she gets up around 6:45am, showers, makes some toast ,leaves for work. The heat turns on around 6:30, well pump for the bathroom,lights , Sense has detected our toaster, the garage door opens and closes. Most of the laundry is done on the weekend, we have a well for water. My prediction is the well will show the most increased usage, another person using the bathroom, more dishes in the dishwasher.


Please keep us updated on your outcome. My situation is very similar to yours, however - I’m not expecting any significant changes.

Since my move to a Work From Home status, I’ve joined my retired (non-working) spouse at home. My prediction is that our previous electrical footprint is only increased by the use of my laptop. Although the frequency of usage may alter, the overall total usage change will be minimal.

Are you impacted by a Time of Use (TOU) billing?

Paul and Glad2Be,
I am a new Sense user and trying to understand the same profile as both of you. My only reference has been monthly utility bills and historical daily use trends from my provider. I have been working out of my house since early 2019. As my wife works out of the house, we would typically curtail heat or cooling during their respective seasonal periods when we were gone all day. When home alone, I still keep most of the climate control in a conservative mode. What I have found out is that attemperating part of the house and using a TV in the area I work out of has directionally increased by M-F daily footprint. This includes use of a coffee maker and well pump. With Sense, I am trying to reduce that impact. I have also noticed my hot water boiler cycles during the day even though I’m not using hot water. Lots of opportunity in my world :slight_smile: .

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I am not impacted by time of use billing.

The initial results are no major change, well pump usage is slightly up. There is an additional laptop, monitor and the living room light being used. Since I work from home anyways there is really no noticeable change in energy usage. However there is one device I forgot about that has had a major drop in usage- The garage door openers. The usually open and close at least 4 times a day and if we are both in and out even more. We have only left a couple times to go to the grocery store this week.

Wait until it warms up and AC usage goes up(unless you use electricity for heat).
My wife has been working from home for 15 months to take care of a family member. That means we need to use the heat and AC all day.

I’m fairly certain that my outcome is in lock-step with yours! One of us was already occupying the home, throughout the day - prior to the other joining them.

The change in the electrical-foot remains negligible. The key is maintaining the same joint-sleep cycles… Two will always live as one, if they choose to do so!

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One full week of my wife working from home. Overall usage slightly up which is expected. It’s a plus / minus situation. The well pump usage is the same but a person who normally comes and stay 2-3 days a week hasnt been here. So another person home during the day, more dishes,more flushes is offset by 3 less showers. This is why I like Sense- a real time view of what is going on. There’s going to be a whole bunch of people come the next billing cycle who will see their electric usage increase significantly and just call it “we worked from home” ,and not be able to identify the increased usage by device. Talk about boring!

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