PowerHouse Dynamics eMonitor Unboxing, Installation and First Impressions
Yesterday we installed the the PowerHouse Dynamics eMonitor, the most recent entrant in the home energy electricity monitoring category for consumers. The eMonitor, in addition to providing whole house data on your electricity use, is unique in that it also measures each circuit. This means you can isolate and see energy data for specific appliances, individual rooms, and anything else that lives on its own circuit.
We've only been seeing the data for 18 hours, so stay tuned for more analysis of the circuit by circuit functionality as our family immerses in this new wealth of energy information. Early indicators are interesting, however. The kids' rooms can now be tracked individually. My daughter, who doesn't like to lose to her brother at anything, got dressed in the dark this morning.
The components are efficiently packaged and well protected. Interior packaging is corrugated. No plastic.
The brains of the product are the eMonitor itself. Black tube provides a convenient way of organizing the wires after installation.
The components are: 1) the eMonitor; 2) two spring loaded 150 amp sensors for the main power that measure the entire usage; 3) 22 split core circuit by circuit sensors (9 50 amp and 13 20 amp); 4) an AC power adaptor; 5) ethernet cable for connecting eMonitor to your router; 6) a very thorough and well written Installation Guide. (In addition to these parts, it also comes with some handy bits and pieces to help with the install--wire ties, screws, a gasket for the electric box and a tube to organize the wires. The only tool required is a screwdriver.)
Two spring loaded sensors are used to measure the whole house electricity (or that going to the particular box if you have a multi-box set up). The spring loaded jaws simply clip around the main incoming power lines, directly over the insulated part of the wire.
The circuit sensors are smaller and clip around the insulated wire or wires to each circuit with a simple clasp system. The base system comes with 22 total sensors.
Here's the complete setup once all the circuits are connected to the device. The wires are then connected with a simple locking snap clip to the corresponding channel on the eMonitor.
Using the pull ties and provided tube, it's easy to organize and condense the wires for a neat, orderly look.
Here's the final install, with cover back on (phew!) and showing the AC adapter and ethernet cable out to the router.
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