Cut Electricity Spending With a Sense Energy Monitor

Electricity bill too high? Afraid your meter is always running? Here’s a smart solution for monitoring your consumption.

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Energy Use Under Control

There is a growing consensus that lower energy consumption equates to a healthier planet and environment. Most of us have a general idea why our energy bill is so high but don’t always act to reduce it. Good habits are really the only way to cut your energy costs. Now you can better inform those habits with an increasing variety of energy monitors.

The Sense Energy Monitor shown here enables you to track various devices in your home and gives detailed usage data on each. Once its installed, its phone app reveals your usage habits and that of any power-hungry devices. The app then lets you set up usage goals and alerts you if you’re off track. It also sends alerts for any conspicuous consumption. For instance, it lets you know if your garage door opens or if your sump is operating properly in a heavy storm.

For those with solar installations, the Sense Solar version gives real-time and historical solar production vs. usage comparisons. It also offers sell-back and grid usage calculations.

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If you’re confident working inside an electrical panel, you’ll find the Sense is a straightforward install. If you hire an electrician, the cost should be about that of an hour-long service call.

The key to reducing energy use is to identify those “always-on” devices, the inefficient, malfunctioning or even surplus appliance, like a chest freezer you don’t use. Couple this with peace of mind from real-time safety monitoring away from home, and the Sense Energy Monitor is a smart investment at $300 ($350 for the Sense Solar).

Bill Bergmann
“Bungalow” Bill Bergmann is an associate editor at Family Handyman. He’s been a licensed contractor/builder for more than 20 years. For him, there’s nothing better than taking out a few walls to make people happier in their homes.