Sense Energy Monitor with Solar – Track Electricity Usage and Solar Production in Real Time Meets Rigorous ETL/Intertek Safety Standards

(3 customer reviews)
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BrandSense
Power SourceSolar Powered
Package TypeStandard Packaging
Unit Count1.0 Count
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  • SENSE SAVES: Sense saves you energy and money by providing insight into your home’s energy use and activity. NOW SUPPORTING TIME-OF-USE RATE PLANS.
  • MAXIMIZE YOUR SOLAR ENERGY USE: Compare solar production and energy consumption side-by-side in a single view so you can maximize the power you make and minimize the power you buy.
  • SEE WHAT’S UP. KNOW WHAT’S ON: Track how much electricity you’re using, what time your kids got home, or when someone leaves the basement light on. Sense identifies patterns in your energy use to help your family be more efficient, informed, and secure.
  • AVOID DISASTER: Set custom notifications for critical devices, like your sump pump, well pump, or flat iron.
  • MEETS RIGOROUS SAFETY STANDARDS: Sense’s components and system have been designed and ETL/Intertek certified for installation and operation inside the electrical panel. Sense is not currently available or compatible outside the United States and Canada.
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‎Sense monitor, Additional Set of Current Sensors (2 pcs), Power Cable, Set of Current Sensors (2 pcs), Mounting Bracket, Antenna

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‎Limited Manufacturer Warranty

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‎7.9 x 7.6 x 7.4 inches

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Frequently asked question

Since this is a cloud based service, what happens if, heaven forbid, the company goes belly up and closes? Since processing isn't in a local app?

Using IFTT, you can log device turning on (or off) in a Google spreadsheet, see https://ifttt.com/sense_energy_monitor --- that said, if Google goes belly up and closes, same cloud-based service problem exists.

is there an API

At the moment, we don't have an API or developer program. That being said, we see integrations are an important part of the future of Sense and will continue to look into additional ways to connect with other devices. In the meantime, check out our IFTT integration!

Does it have an ethernet port, or is it just wifi?

Unfortunately, Sense does not have an option for an ethernet port, our monitors must have a consistent WiFi connection.

With the solar system, will Sense pick up and track the electricity that goes back to the public grid?

It tracks solar generation. It also tracks all power usage in real time. So it is possible to determine how much of the power generated is used in loco at any given time. Thus it is also possible to know how much excess there is feeding back into the grid. -- But Sense does not present this information as a separate item.

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  • Anonymous

    You are paying for cloud based smart learning - but Sense fails at sensing - updated 2 year review

    As an engineer, I’ve been fairly satisfied with the Sense Solar. It gives me great information how much solar power I am generating vs. power consumption, which is the primary reason I bought it.

    First, the Sense box and solar kit came in a very nice solid package. Maybe a little too much was printed out, but no complaints because it is a good reference guide during installation.

    Installation was relatively simple. I don’t recommend or advise anyone to do this, but I installed it myself and did the entire installation without shutting off the main power panel. Bought a 20A double pole breaker, connected it up to the 3 lines (hot, neutral, and ground) to the Sense box. Then hook up the current transformers to the incoming power lines and the solar power lines in the breaker box, it’s good to go. Sense also provided an external WiFi Antenna. Originally I was going to poke a hole in the service panel for the WiFi Antenna because WiFi cannot penetrate a metal box obviously. But after closer examination, I could use the electrical conduit that goes inside the house and it is plastic. I was proven correct after I powered up everything. Strong 90% signal on the 2.4 Ghz even though I am going through walls.

    I do have some concerns that Sense is only rated for 32°F-122°F since my service panel is outdoor and I can see outdoor temperature easily exceed the rated temperature. But knowing a little bit about electronics give me some assurance that it will continue to work below freezing. But the temperature range seems very restrictive in my opinion for something that can be installed outdoor. Additionally, the warranty is only 1 year which tells me Sense may not have a lot of confidence in their product. The whole device is mostly plastic but well built. Only time will tell.

    The price is a little high for current sensing smart devices, but the ability to detect and track appliance usage intrigued me and I was willing to pay a little more to test it. 1 week after installing the Sense, my Sense was still waiting for signal check, but I was getting basic usage reading for both Solar and consumption. Then I got an email from Sense tech support for permission to review my usage data due to a possible issue with my Sense install. I gave them permission and Sense told me that I connected my current transformers (clamp) to the same power line. I checked my panel and even sent a picture telling them I clamped one to the left, one to the right. I am not stupid, you know? Tech support got back to me within 24 hours and told me some panels with bus bars would switch lines as they run through the breakers. Sure enough, they were right when I hooked up my multi-meter. I changed the clamp to connect to the correct power line and also reset data of my Sense.

    Within 1 day, signal check was complete and now I am getting two steams of data (2 power lines) instead of a single line. My experience with tech support is Sense really had good email support and my questions were answered usually within 24 hours. They also monitor your data to make sure you didn’t mess up on your setup. I give them kudos for being proactive.

    Next comes the device detection. Being an engineer, I didn’t have high confidence that it will work that well. Within a day or 2, it discovered a couple of devices like my electric dryer (duh), frig, etc. Then things started to slow down and become less and less accurate. At the time of this review, which is about a month after Sense was first installed correctly at my house, it has detected 14 devices, some very questionable in my opinion. But I am still fairly happy with the Sense as it met most of my goals, so when it discovers new devices just become exciting events for me. It seems to discover about 1-2 new devices a week most likely because the detection happens in the cloud (my guess).

    As mentioned, detection seems to be hit and miss and some devices may be detected sometimes but not consistently. I haven’t had a full billing cycle yet but seem to be a 2-5% difference between my solar inverter report of power generation and Sense. Given there might be some small losses from the inverter to the breaker, 2-5% still translate to a report of 38 kWh vs 40 kWh which can be significant for some people. I also want to point out that they have both an app and Web site that you can access your consumption information.

    I hope detection will continue to improve overtime because of cloud learning, but I understand how hard it is to separate the noise because there are so many different things that can affect detection. But that’s where Sense stands out against similar products and I hope they will continue to offer new features.

    I think if you manage your expectation, you should be satisfied with Sense.

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    New update December 2019
    – I have been using the the Sense Solar for about 6 months. I am disappointed that detection did not improve and only 1 device was detected as heat. about 50% of my usage are still listed as other, so I am not as happy with Sense as I did before. Also, it seems to get confused and mix devices with similar usage pattern up. It’s not ready for prime time when it comes to detection. But it does provide me very accurate usage and solar generation information, that’s where this thing shines. Also, it’s 15 degrees Fahrenheit outside at night and the Sense is working just fine in a protective electronically enclosure. So it’s operating outside of the manufacturer’s rated environment. I also don’t see how I save any money since owning Sense.

    As a result of my recent experience with detection, I am lowering my rating from 4 stars to 3 stars. I will update if it is improved.

    **** New update December 2020
    Sense unit still works fine outdoor behind my electrical panel, so it can operate outside of the manufacture’s recommended operating temperature range.

    Detection is still a gimmick at best with 47% of my annual usage categorized as other and 15.3% as Always on after second year of usage. So overall, 62% of my electric usage is unknown to Sense, that defeats the purpose of sensing. I kept my rating as 3 star because it is not able to do what it was advertised to do, and I can’t say I save any money as a result.

    *****
    Updated April 2021
    I now downgraded my Sense review to 2 Star. While it works well to estimate between how much power I use vs how much solar I generate, it fails at its promise for Sensing and saving power. over 50% of my power usage is either always on or Other, plus sometimes the app displays something that’s clearly not on, it clearly has not lived up to its name and I would have paid far less with other solutions.

    07/17/2022
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  • Anonymous

    I've had it for about 2 weeks and I love it. It's highly accurate in terms of measuring ...

    I’ve had it for about 2 weeks and I love it. It’s highly accurate in terms of measuring wattage. It’ll pick up an iPad tunring on when it’s plugged in, about 6 watts. When I turn on lights, the increase is very close to what I expect. Solar measurements are nearly identical to what is displayed one my dual inverters, within 3-6 watts (of as much as 10,000) and that’s compared to a display on the inverters that changes constantly.
    Some people complain about the device identification. In 2 weeks, it’s found 8 devices and pretty accurate in the identification. If the label from Sense is wrong, you can easily change it. You also have to realize how identification works. It’s just looking for electrical fingerprints which are not simple direct increases/decreases in power usage to be recorded. Many devices are a variation of power usage. I have a space heater that’s is a stair climb of power usage when it’s turned on. The coffee maker is on and off. A PC changes power usage with nearly every action, a file opening, a video playing, etc. When just monitoring line power, it’s not going to identify all the devices in your home one for one, but if you want a great snapshot of your home’s usage and solar production with a high degree of accuracy, you’ll love this device.

    07/02/2022
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  • Anonymous

    Not what it’s made out to be monitor lacks smarts.

    I am an energy producer and wanted to monitor all the loads and production on my pool house. After one month of installation I still have loads such as my pool pump that runs twice daily that are identified by sense as “other” which simply means you cannot track these loads until the sense identification is completed. There are no tools to for self identification of loads and I have seen Sense mistakenly identify a similar load on my panel and group it’s power usage with another device. Not ideal if your trying to get an accurate account of your device usage. To date my Sense unit has only identified four loads and groups all unidentifiable loads as “other” with no way to track or break out the loads or associate with the correct device. I have 22 devices that consume power in my building and after a month of Sense it’s smarts have only identified four (4/22) I’m not happy with my purchase and was led to believe by Sense support that it will get better with time. Negative If it doesn’t perform return it while you can. It’s too late for me I bought their bsgetti

    05/11/2022
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