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Topic # 161875 22-Jan-2015 09:47
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I am interested in home energy monitoring with a bit more smarts than the standalone LCD table top units. However also with the ability to check on your smartphone rather than have the data sent through to a PC. On searching last year I came across Neurio, while I didn't back the Kickstarter I intend to get it when they are in general availability.

Looking at the compatible voltages its specs indicate it will work here, they are going through getting it safety certified in US/UK/Europe. Question I have is does something like this need to also have any NZ specific certification to be used inside our power breaker panels? Noting that the install appears to be similar to other off the shelf home energy monitoring units.


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  Reply # 1219852 22-Jan-2015 10:24
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Never heard of Neurio but it looks interesting. Another option you might like to consider, is the open source energy monitoring stuff at www.openenergymonitor.org. These guys are based in the UK and have an online store where you can buy the necessary hardware. I am running one of their Arduino EmonTX Shields and have modified the sketch to publish the readings over MQTT. These readings are then forwarded to a local instance of EmonCMS (the OEM server software) which does all the processing, summarising and allows you to build dashboards and graphs etc.

It is not a super simple, black-box, solution, but there is plenty of help on their forums, and it will be a lot cheaper than something like the Neurio. 

I realise that is not everyones cup of tea, but it might be worth checking out?

BTW - the beauty of publishing the readings using MQTT means I can also consume those values in my home automation software and write rules around them etc.

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