This update (version 20) presents Goals, a brand new feature under the Usage view that allows you to set goals for your energy usage, Always On, and if you have Sense Solar, your solar production. We hope this update will give you the knowledge to manage your energy use more wisely, in effect helping to save you money!
With the latest update, you can set goals for various points in time, including by day, week, month, billing cycle (if you’ve already set your billing cycle under Settings), or for “any point” in time. Want your usage at end of month to be under $100? Hoping your solar production at the end of day is over 500 kWh? Or maybe you want your Always On at any point to be under 800 watts? In addition, Goals can help you manage tiered billing plans by alerting you when you’re tracking towards the next tier of energy charges.
This new feature can be accessed via the “Usage” screen (tap the menu icon on the top left of your home screen). You should see “Goals” at the top, above “Trends” and “Power Meter.” To create a goal, tap on the “Goals” card and select “Add new goal” at the top of the page. This screen might look familiar if you’ve created Custom Notifications for your devices. All of the orange fields are editable. As you edit your goal, the bottom section, “Your history,” provides some data to help you set realistic goals. Once goals are created, Sense will send push notification alerts (and show in-app notifications) when you exceed your goal. You can also check your progress for any goal by going back to the “Usage” screen in the app. Additionally, for monthly and billing cycle notifications, Sense will notify you if you are likely to exceed your goal.
Notes on particular options:
- The “Dollars” option is only available if you have set up ‘Electricity Cost’ under Settings.
- The “End of cycle” option is only available if you have set up ‘Billing Cycle’ under Settings.
- Solar options are only available if you have installed Sense Solar.