Ever wondered where the energy is going in your house and know exactly when and which circuit is consuming the most electricity? How much is your air conditioning unit costing you each month in kWh?
Home energy monitors are devices that you can use to monitor how much energy you’re using at any given point in time. You can use them to figure out how much each device or circuit you’re using overnight vs the day. If you have differing energy costs at the day vs night, you can use them to ensure devices run at lower cost time of day, you can use it to as part of a smart home automation to automatically notify you when your washing machine is done, or even identify when you need to upgrade a circuit because your server room is pulling too much.
In this post, I’m going to walk through the different products I considered for a project at a friend’s house, pros and cons, and how to order the appropriate equipment.Continue reading “Accurate, Local Home Energy Monitoring: Part 1 – Hardware”