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I saw the announcement of Hohm’s monitoring with the Blue Line whole house sensor. That’s good. (I also saw that their sensor uses an IR device to read the meter; went outside and sure enough, my smart meter has an IR LED. Hmmm…). The Blue Line setup costs $268 including the the gateway which is required to connect to the internet. I think the TED device costs about $200 and connects with Google’s Powermeter.
But this article, like many I read, talks big ideas but seems to lack details and also adds confusion. For example they say "smart meters, … inform the user of the best time to use a high-energy appliance." as if this was already in place. This is a goal, but I’m not aware of anyone who provides any best time of use recommendations yet.
Another issue is that these are whole house perspectives. I have PG&E service and I can see, because of the smart meter, my whole house KWH down to a per hour basis. Frankly, I’m more interested to know how much my entertainment system is using; or my fridge, or my 3 computers in the laundry room.
Finally they say, "The real-time meter, developed by Blue Line Innovations, will also allow consumers to make adjustments to their energy usage by remotely turning off lights for example." That *is* what we’ll want, but I see nothing on the site that indicated that the Blue Line products can remotely turn appliances on/off.
What I want from my power company is the API to my data so I can hook it up to something like Pachube, or my own little data logger service. Doubt that’s going to happen anytime soon.