Ratings and Reviews
Had for a year already and it was useful to me only to compare my solar production to my usage. The addition of figuring out consumption of specific appliances is great. Now since I am getting alerts when things come on I am able to better figure out what’s going on. I already identified 3 items in 1 day. My only issue seems to be a discrepancy with my solar inverter. Sense says I produce less than my solar inverter does and since my inverter is doing the production, I assume it is accurate.
Everyone should get Sense
Flip a light switch, turn on a space heater, or microwave some food and instantly watch the effect it has on your energy usage. The energy usage awareness that Sense provides is amazing. I’ve never been more convinced that I need to replace all of those old incandescent bulbs with more energy efficient varieties. I’ve only had Sense for about a week and it’s already discovered six devices. For instance, I know that my garage door consumes 400 Watts and runs about 11 seconds. I also know that when I’m not home, my house consistently consumes between 200 and 400 Watts, not counting devices that turn on at regular intervals. With Sense, I’ll be able to isolate the devices that consume the most power and manage them more efficiently, which will ultimately reduce my energy bill. I haven’t done the ROI math yet, but Sense will definitely pay for itself.
The premise behind Sense is intriguing: “Sense... identifies unique signatures in the power use of individual devices within your home.” My experience, however, has been quite different. A local electrician charged me $364(!) to install the Sense monitor which, after weeks of being online, has identified a scant TWO devices.. the AC and Refrigerator. The installation along with the $262 Sense monitor puts me at a cash outlay of a whopping $626. The benefit? I can watch a graph go up and down when electricity usage goes up and down in my household. From reading the app description and marketing, one gets the impression one can isolate and label certain devices however that is not the case. Lastly, our home has two panels therefor to get the entire “picture” I must add an additional monitor plus install, which would bring my cost up over $1,200. The app and product are misrepresented, in my opinion.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the honest feedback. Unfortunately the device detection experience can vary across homes. For this reason, we offer a 60-day return period. You may want to try reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org as they can diagnose any potential issues that might be blocking the device detection process. In addition, while installation costs vary across the country, that does sound quite high compared to our average. That said, some installations are much more complex than others, so that could account for the increased cost.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.