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Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Butler Jan 9. 18 Replies

I have been trying to get feedback from people's experience with these breaker box monitoring tools. Do any of them work and provide useful data. I frequently get called by people who want me to…Continue

Tags: monitoring, energy, house, whole

Low Leakage home with cathedral ceiling

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Buchanan Dec 21, 2017. 5 Replies

I am curious/concerned about advising a tight house (addition) with a cathedral ceiling. I understand that normally, one should keep a 1-2" gap in the rafter bay above the insulation as an air gap.…Continue

Tags: control, moisture, enclosure, Tight

Manual J (SD) for custom, luxury homes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dav Camras Nov 10, 2017. 3 Replies

I am curious on how people who use Manual J for load calculations addresses the quirky issues that arise in high end custom home issues such as how to calculate the load for: a screening room that…Continue

Tags: size, right, JSD, Manual

 

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Jan 11
David Butler replied to Dav Camras's discussion Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee
"I hate to say it, but this space (home energy monitors) now appears to be dominated by dot.com 'app' developers who lack a mature understanding of what's involved in data logging & graphing algorithms. BTW, the Brultech monitor…"
Jan 9
John C. Semmelhack replied to Dav Camras's discussion Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee
"I've tried out most of the available residential energy monitors over the years and am satisfied with none of them. The ones that monitor just a single circuit don't provide enough detail, the "learning" devices (such as Sense)…"
Jan 9
Jonathan Beers replied to Dav Camras's discussion Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee
"I think that the folks at Sense would be interested in this discussion. I subscribe to their newsletter which offers this email address: "If you have suggestions for content you want to see in this newsletter or the blog, email…"
Jan 8
Will johnson replied to Dav Camras's discussion Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee
"I'm actively trying to help my clients with high electrical bills even with solar. Im in Calif.   I anticipate this need will explode when consumers with or without solar wake up to find their utility is switching to Time Of Use…"
Jan 8
Kristof Irwin replied to Dav Camras's discussion Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee
"SiteSage, formerly eMonitor, is a great system for sleuthing. Plus you can download data to excel. Stable and relatively easy to install - once you understand the instructions. The main downside is a monthly fee, which acts something like a…"
Jan 2
Jonathan Beers replied to Dav Camras's discussion Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee
"For professionals making a single visit to the home, any device that requires installing CTs on a breaker panel won't help much in that short time frame, and can be time-consuming to get connected and delivering data. What I hear from customers…"
Dec 28, 2017
Rob Buchanan replied to Dav Camras's discussion Low Leakage home with cathedral ceiling
"I would refer you to this document by Building Science Corp., which tackles the issue of ventilation in cathedral or flat roofs. You don't need to ventilate, but you need to carefully design the…"
Dec 21, 2017
Brad Cook replied to Dav Camras's discussion Low Leakage home with cathedral ceiling
"It is all about the dewpoint. Think of the roof system as a big box. Air can circulate in, out and around the inside of that box. If you could possibly air seal the entire inside plane, and install a durable, continuous and effective vapor barrier…"
Dec 15, 2017
David Butler replied to Dav Camras's discussion Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee
"@Dav, 240-volt circuits are dedicated to a single appliance so circuit monitoring with CT's provides per-appliance data. I don't think it makes sense to try to use circuit level monitoring for plug & lighting loads. TED, Brultech and…"
Dec 14, 2017
Dav Camras replied to Dav Camras's discussion Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee
"I have been thinking about putting it on my own home as you suggest, and was wondering which, if any to try, though they all seem to have issues. With circuit level of my existing home, it was not built with such forethought such that I have no idea…"
Dec 14, 2017
David Butler replied to Dav Camras's discussion Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee
"I think anyone who does energy audits or otherwise advises homeowners on energy reduction should invest in circuit-level energy monitoring for their own home. On my previous all-electric home, I installed the Brultech ECM-1240 with six 240-volt…"
Dec 14, 2017
Dan Phillips replied to Dav Camras's discussion Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee
"I agree that it can be a challenge to use as a part of a regular energy audit.  The co-op that is using the the most in a temporary manner for our members has all the safety gear & training to get into the home's service panel to…"
Dec 14, 2017
Steve Schmidt replied to Dav Camras's discussion Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee
"@David: No, it does not have this feature. Apparently machine learning doesn't work that way."
Dec 12, 2017
Dana Fischer replied to Dav Camras's discussion Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee
"Thanks to Laura Martel for prompting me to submit feedback. ;) Similar to Dan Phillips, I installed Smappee unit on my home in Sept 2016 as part of an effort to pilot the capability of this kind of technology to be leveraged for state and utility EE…"
Dec 12, 2017
David Butler replied to Dav Camras's discussion Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee
"Steve, my understanding from having followed NILM research in years past is that the monitoring system would need to have a manual mode whereby you could turn on a specific appliance (plug load or otherwise) and identify it to the system. Presumably…"
Dec 11, 2017

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At 4:33pm on November 6, 2017, Diane Chojnowski said…

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