The Sense app connects to a Sense home energy monitor or Wiser Energy monitor installed in your home’s electrical panel.
The Sense monitor analyzes changes in current and voltage one million times per second, giving you insights into your power consumption with unprecedented accuracy. It connects to your home's Wi-Fi network and then reports real-time and historical energy use to our Mobile/Web apps, so you can monitor your efficiency and home activity from anywhere.
Over time, Sense's machine learning algorithms identify unique signatures in the power use of individual devices within your home and match them against a growing database of appliances and home electronics.
To purchase a Sense monitor, visit https://sense.com
* Redesigned 'Always On' view with Stats and Comparison
* Always On calculation for smart plugs
* Bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Not quite as useful as I thought it would be
For an overall picture of your usage, not a bad product. But to have the details that they tout online and others tout in reviews, Sense is going to have to change the way devices are managed in the app.
3 months into my use of Sense and I pretty much have about 5 devices that have been identified by Sense. That’s it. I probably have close to 100 in my home. This morning I had an alert that Sense has identified my microwave (finally) but when I turned the microwave on to check the app, the only category that increased was “Other”. So once again Sense has misidentified my device, and it only took 3 months to do.
Ultimately Sense is going to have to let users identify their own devices. Their support tries to convince you that most people don’t want to do that and that it’s tedious, but I know that some people do want to do it. At least with the major stuff because Sense just isn’t getting it figured out. And when they misidentify something, it’s tedious to try to figure out what it is anyway, so you might as well admit that your AI is lacking and needs some human assistance. Until then, Sense will remain my biggest tech disappointment of 2018.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for writing in. Device detection can vary across homes for a variety of reasons. You should reach out to our Support team so they can diagnose potential issues that you might be experiencing: email@example.com. We're constantly working at improving device detection and have made major strides over the past year. In the meantime, smart plugs and other integrated devices can really help feed Sense ground truth data.
Regarding manual device identification, Sense requires a lot of data, so manual labelling just isn't feasible. You can read some more details about that here: https://community.sense.com/t/why-cant-you-train-sense/3054
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.