Making The Correct Choice For Your Home Power Monitoring
Choosing your electricity monitoring system with an educated mind, will mean you get the most out of your system and start making electricity savings quicker!
All of our electricity monitoring solutions work in a similar manner. Easily getting that needed data:
In Your Face : On Your PC / Tablet / Mobile
"Before getting a home power monitor installed our electricity bills were up around the $1100 mark per quarter! Now after paying attention to our power usage via the monitor, we have managed to get them down to between $700 to $800. Now that is a big saving. Thank you Aussie Home Energy....."
A Few Basics Helping You Make Your Choice
Like any new technology there are a few basics that will steer you towards the correct choice.
Is Your Incoming Power Single Or Three Phase?
Single Phase OR Three Phase? : The majority of homes in Australia are connecte d with a single phase supply. Some are connected to a three phase supply. An easy check is to count the number of large fuses sited within your power box. Why not send us a picture? Click on the image for an example.
Depending on the number of phases you will require either one or three current cable clamps.
How Many Circuits / Appliances Do You Want To Monitor?
Power Box Circuit Monitoring : Are you looking to monitor the total power for your home, or certain circuits / appliances? Circuits are normally switched on / off from inside a power box, or even a distribution board within your home. Circuits are monitored from either. Appliances are switched from a wall outlet and monitored with a 10A wall socket transmitter.
For a home with a solar power system you need a power monitoring system supporting two channels / transmitters. One for your solar power, the other for your total consumption.
Power box transmitters send wireless data to either an LCD Energy Monitor or an online HUB [sited next to your modem / router]. The HUB transmitting data to an online Energy Monitoring Dashboard.
10A Wall Socket Monitoring : Specific appliances or power block collectives within the home can be monitored using a 10A plug-in wall socket transmitter. Transmitting data by the same wireless connection.
All of our electricity monitoring solutions use similar hardware.
Common Circuits / Appliances Easily Monitored : Total Consumption : Solar Power
Heat Pump : Tenant : Air Conditioner : Workshop : Freezer
Where Do You Want To See The Data?
This is really important!
On an LCD Energy Monitor's screen
On a PC / MAC computer via software or spreadsheet download
Online via Energy Monitoring dashboards
Online via mobile applications
Sending Data Online For Analysis : The energy data received by any LCD Energy Monitor or HUB is converted into cost / kilowatt-hour readings. The kWh being the standard unit your electricity retailer uses to charge you.
Added features with an online electricity monitoring dashboard are email alerts and mobile apps that assist to further create action in real-time, based on cost / usage events.
Single / Multi Channel LCD Energy Monitor Display : Not all LCD Energy Monitors support multi-channel some ONLY one channel. The only multi-channel LCD monitor is MONITORING SYSTEM #1
An LCD Energy Monitor will show in most cases the consumption and / or solar. To see another channel of data you simply add another LCD Energy Monitor with transmitter and clamp. Or a HUB instead of the extra LCD Energy Monitor to see up to five channels of data.
In Home Usage And Cost Awareness : The best tool for this task is by no doubts an LCD Energy Monitor or online dashboard with mobile applications showing solar, consumption, import and export.
Seeing real-time data of electricity consumption and solar power generation, creates an instant readout for everyone to see and act upon.
What Data Do You Want To See Or Analyse?
Using An LCD Power Monitor : You will see displayed :
- Costs based on real-time usage
- Power currently being used in kWh
- Historical data such as the power used and the costs for the last day, week, month
Using PC / MAC Software : Using software with your LCD Energy Monitor will allow for real-time power costs and usage along with the analysis of historical data. Most applications can download the monitor's data in a minute or so without the need of a PC being on 24/7. This data is then displayed in graphical or tabular format for analysis. SYSTEM #2 HAS Mac Software
Do You Want The Power Monitor To Be Portable
A portable electricity monitor is the ideal tool for simple 'walk around your home' DIY ELECTRICITY AUDIT
Do You Require Any Email Alerts / Notifications?
Currently email alerts can be set for :
- Solar System Idle
- Solar System Low Output
- High Consumption Usage
- Solar System Performance
- Electricity Standby Cost
- Solar System Comparison
- High Net Export
- Low Net Export
EMAIL ALERTS are ONLY generated by online Energy Monitoring dashboards.
Do You Want To Monitor Temperature, Light And Motion?
Monitoring Temperature Light And Motion : Ever thought of monitoring the temperature of the room when monitoring your air conditioner?
What about the temperature of your wine cellar? Well now this is all possible, allowing you to analyse correct operation.
Our MONITORING SYSTEM #2 LCD Monitor #1 also monitors humidity.
If you understand the above power monitoring basics and know the number of phases and circuits / appliances to be monitored, then please use our POWER MONITORING QUOTE form and return via email.
So What Energy Monitoring Systems Do We Offer?