Making The Correct Choice For Your Home Power Monitoring
Remember this if you choose your electricity monitoring system with an educated mind, you will get the most out of your system and start making electricity savings quicker!
All of our home electricity monitoring solutions work in a similar manner, having slightly different features and benefits.
We offer you Electricity Monitoring Solutions to get your home, business and solar electricity data:
In Your Face : On Your Computer
On Your Mobile Device
"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....."
HELP From The Experts
We have been testing, configuring, benchmarking and supplying power monitors, to a large selection of householders and small business owners in Australia since 2010.
Our Promise To You
What makes us different is this, we do not just sell electricity monitors. We sell electricity monitoring solutions! We will not sell you a power monitoring solution unless we are 110% sure, it will meet your monitoring needs. That is why we make sure we have as much information as possible, before we decide to help you!
And successful monitoring solutions time and time again is the reason why our clients recommend our business time and time again. See our TESTIMONIALS page, to hear what they are saying.
A Few Basic Requirements Before Making Your Choice
Like any new technology there are a few basic understandings / requirements that will steer you towards the correct choice of a suitable power monitoring solution for your home. Such as:
Is Your Incoming Power Single Or Three Phase?
Single Phase OR Three Phase : A home in Australia normally operates off a single phase supply, but can be alternatively connected to a three phase supply. An easy way to find out how you are connected, is to count the number of large fuses sited within your power box. Why not send us a picture?
Depending on the phases you will require either one or three current cable clamps for the total household consumption transmitter. If you are connected to three phase, then often large appliances such as air conditioning are also three phase.
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 outside of your home, or even a distribution board within your home and are monitored from here. Appliances are switched at the wall and monitored by using a 10A wall socket transmitter.
All transmitters often referred to as channels on our site, can be supplied with LCD Energy Monitors supporting one or more channel of data. This will depend on what is available. The trend is moving away from monitors to using mobile applications. Where applications are easily changed / updated and cover all mobile platforms.
So for a home with a solar pv system you would need a power monitoring system supporting two channels / transmitters. One for your solar the other for your consumption circuits.
Power box circuits are monitored by using current cable clamp/s, which attach around the outside of the red live cables of the circuits in question. A transmitter located in the power box can send data [wireless 433Mhz] to either an LCD Energy Monitor / 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 also be monitored using a 10A plug-in wall socket transmitter. Transmitting data by wireless connection.
All of our electricity monitoring solutions use similar hardware for the collection of the energy data. Not all manufacturers offer multichannel portable LCD Energy Monitoring screens. Manufacturers get around any limitation of one channel by adding an online HUB, where the other data channels are easily accessed via an online Energy Monitoring dashboard.
Common Circuits / Appliances : Total Consumption : Solar : Heat Pump
Tenant : Air Conditioner : Workshop : Freezer
Create Your Own Monitoring System : You now have the initial building blocks for the Missing POWER DASHBOARD of your home. Hardware that will allow you to make instant changes to reduce power usage and save money.
Do You Want To Monitor Temperature, Light & Motion?
Monitoring Temperature Light & 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.
Visit our MONITORING SYSTEM #3 page to learn more about temperature, light and motion monitoring.
Where Do You Want To See The Data?
This is really important as the data can be seen:
On an LCD Electricity Monitors screen
On a PC / MAC computer via software or spreadsheet download
Online via an Energy Monitoring dashboard displaying the data via a mixture of tables and graphs
Online via your mobile devices using mobile friendly pages or specific apps
Sending Data Online For Analysis : The energy data received by any LCD monitor or HUB is often converted into cost / kilowatt-hour readings. The kWh being the standard unit your electricity retailer uses to charge you. Data is easily uploaded to specialist online energy monitoring dashboards for analysis with easy access from anywhere.
Added features with an online electricity monitoring dashboard are email alerts and mobile apps that assist to further create action in realtime based on cost / usage events.
Easily get your total electricity consumption or solar power online for ONLY $169.95
Single / Multi-Channel LCD Display : Remember online HUBS allow for more transmitters / channels, seen via an energy monitoring dashboard. Most LCD monitors ONLY support one channel. The only multi-channel LCD monitor is the MONITORING SYSTEM #1 which is due to be phased out by the manufacturer, in favour of online dashboards and mobile apps.
An LCD monitor if not multi-channel will show in most cases the consumption 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.
In Home Usage & Cost Awareness : The best tool for this task is by no doubts a LCD Energy Monitor or mobile application running on a tablet. Where you get realtime awareness of electricity consumption and solar power. Easy instant readout for everyone to see and act upon.
Easily get your total electricity consumption or solar power on an LCD monitor for ONLY $129.95
What Data Do You Want To See Or Analyse?
Using An LCD Monitor : Displayed on your Power Monitor LCD are:
- Costs based on realtime 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 a software application with your LCD Energy Monitor will allow for realtime power costs and usage along with the analysis of historical data, downloaded from the monitors memory. 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.
Software for MAC users can be limited and in this case online Energy Monitoring dashboards are the choice.
Do You Want The Power Monitor To Be Portable
This is really important during the setting up of any monitoring system, as it allows you to be outside one minute and inside the next, whilst making the necessary power connections and checking connectivity to any computer or online electricity monitoring website.
A portable electricity monitor is the ideal tool for a DIY ELECTRICITY AUDIT of your home.
FREE DIY POWER AUDIT AA BATTERY SUPPLY - All of the monitoring systems we supply with a mains power AC / DC adaptor, will further be supplied with a AA cell portable battery case.
Do You Require Any Email Alerts / Notifications?
An email alert is based on an electricity consumption value or can relate importantly to a solar power system issue! 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
Alerts are ONLY generated by online Energy Monitoring dashboards. See more on EMAIL ALERTS.
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.
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