Home Energy Monitor Series – Internet of Things

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IoT Energy Series Header Image showing home energy gateway and monitor services

Recently I started an Internet of Things series on my experiences installing, using and analysing data from a smart electrical meter.  This included a BC Hydro smart meter, Eagle monitoring gateway from rainforest automation, and a cloud-based analytics service from Bidgely.

I’ve collated all the posts on the topic for you below.  More will be added as I write them.  Enjoy!


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IoT Day 4: Bidgely Cloud Energy Monitor Dashboard

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Bidgely Energy Monitor Dashboard - Usage

After a week of collecting smart meter readings, I’m now ready to show results in a cloud-based energy monitor system – Bidgely – complete with graphs showing readings, cost and machine learning results breaking down my usage by appliance.


Bidgely Energy Monitor Dashboard - UsageThis is part 4 of a series of posts about the Internet of Things applied to Home Energy Monitoring.  I have a Smart Meter from BC Hydro, an Eagle energy monitor and various cloud apps helping me understand it all.

 

See my post from Day 1 – getting started or Day 2 – connecting to cloud services – Day 3 – viewing data


3 Value Added Parts to Bidgely

In this post I’ll show you the three parts of Bidgely that I’ve found most helpful:

  1. Usage dashboard
  2. Cost dashboard
  3. Appliance breakdown (best for last!)

Usage Dashboard

Bidgely Energy Monitor Dashboard - Usage
Bidgely Energy Monitor – Usage Dashboard

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IoT Day 3: Viewing data on the Eagle Energy Monitor

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Eagle energy monitor Meter/Current Usage screen

Photo of an Eagle energy monitor device

The Eagle energy monitor from Rainforest Automation is a very handy device.  It reads the wireless signal from my electricity meter and makes it available through a web interface – both a graphical environment and a RESTful API.  In this post we look at the standard graphical screens and the data download option. Next time we’ll look at the RESTful API for programmers to use.


This is part 3 of a series of posts about the Internet of Things applied to Home Energy Monitoring.

See my post from Day 1 – getting started or Day 2 – connecting to cloud services.


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Plug-In Solar: Moveable Solar Power For Renters and Do-It-Yourselfers

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This definitely sounds promising, anyone have experience running a similar setup?

A small company, SpinRay Energy, has announced the production of a new UL listed, grid-tied solar power system that couldn’t be easier to install. Plug-in solar power equipment may be a game changer in the arena of small residential solar power.

I see two scenarios for those in rental environments – hanging something from windows or setting up on a porch.  Ultimately I guess the efficacy will be limited by size availability and cost, but size issues could be minimised if it were possible to hang PV systems in some manner without needing to screw things down into exterior walls.

Just a thought – you tried anything like this?  Share any links to your favourite portable, yet substantial, systems.