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  • Ready To Go Applications : See our SOFTWARE page.
  • Alternative MyCurrentCost Dashboard : Simply add one of our HUBS

 

 

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Home Sustainability Guide

    No matter if you're a home owner or a home renter, you can make changes to your home to make it more comfortable, save money and reduce your environmental impact. With the smallest effort, there are many simple, inexpensive things you can do to make a difference.

Click to learn more RENTERS GUIDE TO SUSTAINABILITY

 

 

Safe CFL Florescent Light Disposal

    Did you know Carbon Fluorescent Lamps contain mercury? : CFLs contain a very small amount or mercury, about 4 mg on average, which is enough to cover the tip of a pen. Mercury is an essential element of the CFL bulbs and allows it to be an efficient light source. Manufacturers have taken steps to reduce mercury levels in CFLs over the past decade.
     

Research and feedback from our clients shows there is lack of awareness as too the correct disposal of CFLs by most householders in Australia. Packaging DOES NOT mention SAFE DISPOSAL methods.

How Do You Dispose Of Your CFLs : Call your council TODAY to find out your local CFL disposal methods.

Learn about CFL SAFE DISPOSAL : What Does Your Local Council Offer? These fittings break easily in your bin and in transit to the tip in a compactor truck!

 

 

Reducing A Computers Electricity Costs

Read our guide on REDUCING HOME COMPUTER RUNNING COSTS

 

 

Find Your Air Conditioner Running Costs

Why not use this great AC Calculator offered by Peninsula Air Conditioning to work out the costs of your AC unit. Supports all electricity tariffs.

Learn more by visiting AC COST CALCULATOR

 

 

Comparing Energy Ratings Of Australian Electrical Appliances

This website contains various details including energy efficiency and star ratings for a range of electrical appliances that carry an energy label. It also lists products residential, commercial and industrial which have been registered for minimum energy performance standards (MEPS). Listed are:

  • Air Conditioners
  • Clothes Dryers
  • Washing Machines
  • Dishwashers
  • Refrigeration / Freezers
  • Televisions

Learn more by visiting AUSSIE ENERGY RATING OF AUSTRALIAN ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

 

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Current Cost Monitor Developer Software

Required Hardware - Electricity Monitor & USB CableWe reckon the largest list of  third party software applications out on the net for the Current Cost energy monitor.

For software applications that are more plug n play visit our SOFTWARE page. The applications listed below run on Windows, Linux or Raspberry Pi.

Applications here tend to use a modified USB cable to source data from the monitor. This in many cases means the use of a low powered PC 24/7 or Raspberry PI. In some cases an application may use the historical data from the monitor, meaning a PC can be powered up periodically to download data, using the monitors button codes.

USERS FEEDBACK WANTED : Unfortunately we no longer have the time to test all of these great projects / applications, therefore if you are successful in getting the applications to run, we would appreciate your feedback. Sometimes a little knowledge goes a long way to helping others. CONTACT US or forward the results of your tests and we will add them to this page.

Visit our SUPPORT page for information on USB cable and driver alternatives.

 

 

Current Cost C#, Perl, Python, Java XML Data Source Code

A selection of source codes to parse the XML data from the serial port of the Current Cost monitor can be found HERE.

 

 

Power Tracker Software : Jean-Yves Avenard

[N] Tested   [Y] Free   [N] Trial Period   [ ] PC   [ ] Mac   [ ] USB   [ ] Bridge   [ ] Software App
[ ] Broadband   [ ] Computer 24/7   Live Data   [ ] Historical Data

Power Tracker SoftwareAn application monitoring and recording the electricity consumed in a home, along with the energy produced by a 6.4kW solar system.

The application has a smorgassboard of graphs and tables, easily showing imported and exported power.

Requirements are various pre-install tools such as RRD tools, Python and a web server like Apache etc.

Download source codes HERE.

 

 

Current Cost Power Monitor Software : Ken Hughes

[N] Tested   [Y] Free   [N] Trial Period   [Y] PC   [N] Mac   [Y] USB   [N] Bridge   [Y] Software App
[N] Broadband   [Y] Computer 24/7   [Y] Live Data   [Y] Historical Data

Power Monitoring Software By Ken HughesThis application not only records the monitors readings, it charts them, forwards the data to a website with regular updates via various notification methods.

The application:

  • Tweets the monitors data to Twitter at regular intervals
  • Record the readings (in a database, Xml file or the like)
  • Send the data to a website / web service
  • Windows Phone 7 Client

To learn more and download the application visit Ken Hughes site POWER MONITOR SOFTWARE Alternative PAGE with similar information.

 

 

Home Energy Monitor : Ian Bell

[N] Tested   [Y] Free   [N] Trial Period   [Y] PC   [N] Mac   [Y] USB   [N] Bridge   [Y] Software App
[N] Broadband   [Y] Computer 24/7   [Y]  Live Data   [Y] Historical Data

Home Energy Monitor Application By Ian BellThis application allows you to monitor the whole home's energy use. Power usage can be broken down to hourly, daily, weekly, monthly statistics. With the ability to look at average days and weeks, as well as identifying trends to help you cut energy waste. LabVIEW 8.6 or higher is required.

To learn more and download the application visit HOME ENERGY MONITOR 

 

 

 

AMEE : James Smith

[N] Tested   [Y] Free   [N] Trial Period   [ ] PC   [ ] Mac   [ ] USB   [ ] Bridge   [ ] Software App
[ ] Broadband   [ ] Computer 24/7   [ ] Live Data   [ ] Historical Data

Current Cost Developer Project Using AmeeThis tutorial will show you how easy it is to build a Web-based energy monitoring system.

A number of devices on the market allow you to monitor your home energy usage. In this tutorial, you learn to hook up those devices to AMEE, a neutral energy management API, and then create a simple Ruby on Rails Web site to visualize the results, so you can see your carbon emissions from electricity in real time over the Web.

To learn more and download the application visit AMEE More from James Smith HERE

 

 

EnergyAtHome : Danny Tsang

[N] Tested   [Y] Free   [N] Trial Period   [ ] PC   [ ] Mac   [ ] USB   [ ] Bridge   [ ] Software App
[ ] Broadband   [ ] Computer 24/7   [ ] Live Data   [ ] Historical Data

Energy At Home Linux Based ApplicationEnergy@home is a Linux based project created by Danny Tsang to use the CurrentCost ENVI/R electricity monitor. The goal of the project is to capture electricity usage and cost data and display it in a friendly manner.

The application requires standard Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP (LAMP) set up with only Python as additional software requirement.

To learn more and download the application visit ENERGYATHOME

 

 

MeasureIt

[N] Tested   [Y] Free   [N] Trial Period   [ ] PC   [ ] Mac   [ ] USB   [ ] Bridge   [ ] Software App
[ ] Broadband   [ ] Computer 24/7   [ ] Live Data   [ ] Historical Data

MeasureIt Daily Usage Pie ChartMeasureit stores your voltage and temperature data, on your own server. It has a easy to use web interface that is completely written in javascript and jquery to see your power consumption.

This application will run on Windows, Linux & Raspberry Pi.

To learn more and download the application visit MEASUREIT

 

 

XPL Gateway

[N] Tested   [Y] Free   [N] Trial Period   [ ] PC   [ ] Mac   [ ] USB   [ ] Bridge   [ ] Software App
[ ] Broadband   [ ] Computer 24/7   [ ] Live Data   [ ] Historical Data

xPLCurrentCost is an xPL gateway for the Current Cost monitor. It installs as a Windows service, and broadcasts power and  temperature readings as xPL 'sensor.basic' messages. xPLCurrentCost is not immediately useful by itself as it is  intended to form part of an xPL network. It broadcasts CurrentCost data  for other xPL applications to make use of. For more information on xPL, visit the XPL PROJECT website.

To learn more about the XPL Gateway visit XPLGATEWAY

 

 

Energy Consumption RRD Logger : Paul Banks

[N] Tested   [Y] Free   [N] Trial Period   [ ] PC   [ ] Mac   [ ] USB   [ ] Bridge   [ ] Software App
[ ] Broadband   [ ] Computer 24/7   [ ] Live Data   [ ] Historical Data

Energy Consumption RRD LoggerA Python script developed by Paul Banks for use with the Current Cost monitor.

This script supports each phase of the transmitter and all 10 channels.

To learn more visit RRD LOGGER

 

 

Visualising Current Cost XML Data : Olav Buunen

[Y] Tested   [Y] Free   [N] Trial Period   [Y] PC   [N] Mac   [Y] USB   [N] Bridge   [Y] Software App
[N] Broadband   [Y] Computer 24/7   [Y] Live Data   [Y] Historical Data

Current Cost Data Spreadsheet By Olav BuunenOlav Buunen has done a great job with this Open Office Calc spreadsheet solution, whereby the Current Cost csv data is manipulated into xml data and input into spreadsheet for graphical analysis.

Also offered is a Javascript solution which displays the data easily in your web browser. Both of these solutions offer a nice and easy way to visualise the XML data, output from the Current Cost monitor.

You will need a copy of the C2 Terminal found on our SOFTWARE page to create the required csv file, before following Olav's instructions.

To learn more on how to visualise the Current Cost monitor's csv / xml data, visit the site of OLAV BUUNEN

 

 

MAC Pearl Based Project For Collecting Envi / EnviR Data

[N] Tested   [Y] Free   [N] Trial Period   [N] PC   [Y] Mac   [Y] USB   [N] Bridge   [Y] Software App
[N] Broadband   [Y] Computer 24/7   [Y] Live Data   [Y] Historical Data

Current Cost Energy Monitor Data - Click To EnlargeIf you have a Current Cost Envi / EnviR Energy Monitor and are a MAC user, then this project may appeal to you. A solution created by Jorgen Skogstad for collecting the data, without having to send the data online.

And since there are no other MAC based standalone software application on the net [that we are aware of], then your choices are very limited.

The project collects data via MySQL and displays it via a dashboard created with DASHBUILDER.ORG. Truly a nice tidy energy monitoring dashboard solution. Future plans are to syncronise data with a mobile app.

If you require a USB cable with driver for this application, we can supply you with the Silicon Labs cable HERE. Visit Silicon Labs for the driver is HERE.

Visit Jorgen's Github page to source the required information HERE.

 

 

  • Ready To Go Applications : See our SOFTWARE page.
  • Alternative MyCurrentCost Dashboard : Simply add one of our HUBS

 

USERS FEEDBACK WANTED : Unfortunately we no longer have the time to test all of these great projects / applications, therefore if you are successful in getting the applications to run, we would appreciate your feedback. Sometimes a little knowledge goes a long way to helping others. CONTACT US or forward the results of your tests and we will add them to this page.

 

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