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
Ratings and Reviews
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.
I’m a robotics engineer and get to play with very expensive and very cool sensors. This one even has me excited. I love this thing, highly recommend it to people who want to understand where energy is going in the house so you can improve inefficiencies in your equipment and learn how to adjust your your behavior to minimize your carbon footprint where it makes sense. Took me ~30min to install after family went to sleep and was connected and self-calibrated within a few hours.
Just by walking around with the monitor and checking each breaker’s consumption at the panel (turn on everything on a breaker branch then turn off and using my nest thermostat data to look at my HVAC efficiency; I was able to identify inefficient lighting in parts of the house, an appliance that was always on (wine fridge with a busted thermostat), and that my furnace blower had a failed delay relay causing it to run much longer than needed after heat shut off.
I halved my energy bill right out the gate (within the first few days) by making some equipment and behavior changes without sacrificing creature comforts.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.