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Old 02-13-2010, 11:17 PM   #1
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Anyone have a TED for power monitoring?


I'm thinking of buying one of these:

http://www.theenergydetective.com/te...-overview.html

Anyone have one and can share some thoughts on if they are good or not?

Based on their website it looks promising. I like the idea of being able to graph usage.

Also, is there a similar device that exists for natural gas usage? I don't really get how it would work, guess it would have to tie directly into the gas line, but I think it would be cool to track both power and gas.
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That device came out after I had built my own system. While I have much flexibility with my monitoring system, I dont have fancy graphs and charts this does.

One of the cool features of the TED is the detection of what is running based on its LRC. (It's electrical signature) You can setup a few large appliances, and it can tell you when they are on or off.

My parents just had two large electric bills back to back (last one was $1200). I suggested they buy the 5000, which they did. It has not arrived yet. When it arrives, I'll be installing it for them.

I would only get the 5000 from them, I wouldnt bother with the 1000 as the inability to view it from a PC or the internet, and interfacing to google power meter is a huge plus.

Another company that has a nice product is brultech. It doesnt have a tie into google power meter though.

For those who arent sure what I am referring to, check this demo link from the manufacture out.

http://demo.theenergydetective.com/Footprints.html

I check my system daily to see how we are doing from a power perspective. It has helped us become more conscientious on our power usage, as well as we have past history down to the minute for over a year.

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Power Costs
Date ...... ....... KW/Hr ... Cost
Sun, Feb 14. . ... 41.57 $4.05
Sat, Feb 13....... 98.40 $9.60
Fri, Feb 12 ........86.95 $8.48
Thu, Feb 11..... 112.23 $10.94
Wed, Feb 10 ... 130.76 $12.75
Tue, Feb 9 ........89.54 $8.73
Mon, Feb 8 ....124.90 $12.18
Sun, Feb 7 .....119.91 $11.69

Last 7 Days: $ 78.43
Last 30 Days: $ 333.29
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Old 02-14-2010, 12:04 PM   #3
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I guess it is interesting but how do you use it to reduce your bills? I mean you can't turn off the furnance or the water heater (unless you can go without heat and warm water) and turning off some light bulbs does little to change the monthly bill. Might be useful to see what impact a new furnace has on the budget but you'd pick that after a few months.
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That device came out after I had built my own system. While I have much flexibility with my monitoring system, I dont have fancy graphs and charts this does.

One of the cool features of the TED is the detection of what is running based on its LRC. (It's electrical signature) You can setup a few large appliances, and it can tell you when they are on or off.

My parents just had two large electric bills back to back (last one was $1200). I suggested they buy the 5000, which they did. It has not arrived yet. When it arrives, I'll be installing it for them.

I would only get the 5000 from them, I wouldnt bother with the 1000 as the inability to view it from a PC or the internet, and interfacing to google power meter is a huge plus.

Another company that has a nice product is brultech. It doesnt have a tie into google power meter though.

For those who arent sure what I am referring to, check this demo link from the manufacture out.

http://demo.theenergydetective.com/Footprints.html

I check my system daily to see how we are doing from a power perspective. It has helped us become more conscientious on our power usage, as well as we have past history down to the minute for over a year.

----------

Power Costs
Date ...... ....... KW/Hr ... Cost
Sun, Feb 14. . ... 41.57 $4.05
Sat, Feb 13....... 98.40 $9.60
Fri, Feb 12 ........86.95 $8.48
Thu, Feb 11..... 112.23 $10.94
Wed, Feb 10 ... 130.76 $12.75
Tue, Feb 9 ........89.54 $8.73
Mon, Feb 8 ....124.90 $12.18
Sun, Feb 7 .....119.91 $11.69

Last 7 Days: $ 78.43
Last 30 Days: $ 333.29
Yeah I would for sure go with the 5000 series. I like the idea of being able to graph and view it via IP since I can look at trends then see if I can find a way to reduce.
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I have the 1000. I have the monitor in the kitchen and look at it periodically. I have it on the projected monthly usage screen.
While it's interesting to see what different appliances use and so on, I can't see overly obsessing over my energy consumption. Then again we're usually at 300 kW-hr/month not per every three days, like the above. I try to do the best I can.
The power line signal can be a pain with regard to interference.
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