What it is
Sense Technology brings real-time intelligence and insights to smart electric meters using millisecond data and waveform technology. Though your electric bill reports on how much electricity your household has used in a given period, Sense provides significantly more detail into the use of most of your electrical devices:
How it works
When you set up your Sense system, you establish a 3-way communication among three key players in your electrical setup:
- You use a phone or tablet to link your utility company’s electrical account to Sense. Sense’s account verification process follows industry standard practices that are secure and familiar.
- You then connect your Sense-enabled meter to your home’s Wi-Fi.
- You create an account in the Sense Home app and begin to review your home’s data from your mobile device or the Web app.
Real time information
As soon as your setup with Sense is complete, the Power Meter in your Sense Home app shows how many watts are being used at minute, hour, day, week and month intervals and provides a historical record over time. If you turn a major appliance on or off, you are likely to see an instant impact on total wattage in use.
Over time, as Sense listens to your home’s total usage, it begins to isolate the signatures of individual devices as they turn on and off and are used repeatedly. Sense reports this identification as a hypothesis, then relies on your knowledge of your home to help it properly name each device. This process lets you isolate the energy used by individual devices and make decisions on usage.
As you begin to see how much energy devices use, you can make decisions about saving energy, both to save money and to use energy wisely. You may decide to use some devices when energy rates are lower than at peak periods. You might decide to invest in more efficient energy devices such as LED bulbs or smarter appliances, and Sense will provide data that helps you track the return on such an investment.
Since Sense can see details about electrical use, we can also enhance the utility company’s ability to compile home data and ensure safe and uninterrupted service via high-usage alerts and grid analytics. This is why utility companies are looking to adopt Sense-enabled electric meters for their consumers to use.
For more information, please see this blog: Next-Gen Smart Meters Have Arrived. Why That's a Good Thing