|Item Weight||3 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||10.4 x 9.3 x 6.8 inches|
|Item model number||BLI 31100 bundle|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||1 year replacement warranty|
Blue Line Innovations PowerCost Monitor and WiFi Gateway Bundle
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- Enables personal real time electricity monitoring and streaming live data to Microsoft Hohm and Google PowerMeter
- Login to your Microsoft Hohm or Google PowerMeter account to view current and historical energy usage and energy costs
- Engage with the website community to get energy saving tips. Wifi information is secure and protected.
- Monitor your home's energy usage and learn how to reduce your carbon footprint
- Works with accessible wireless broadband on a PC desktop or laptop
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From the Manufacturer
The PowerCost Monitor Wifi Gateway enables personal real time electricity data to be fed into Microsoft Hohm. The PowerCost Monitor WiFi Gateway is compatible with the PowerCost Monitor by Blue Line Innovations and the Black & Decker Power Monitor. Better information leads to informed behavior changes in the home and is a key tool to lowering your monthly electricity bill. Connect via the internet to Microsoft Hohm - analyze your energy usage and find out how you can save money each and every month. Track your current and historical usage. Understand where your home's energy goes and how you can start saving today. Engage with the Hohm community to get tips, share your own and compare results. Build a project list based on how much you want to spend or save. The PowerCost Monitor WiFi Gateway is an upgrade accessory - a Blue Line Innovations PowerCost Monitor or Black & Decker Power Monitor and an in home wireless router are required. Includes AC Adapter, USB cable and installation instructions. Customer care support is available 7 days per week 8AM EST to 11PM EST.
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Reading up on this product before I purchased it, I read that the hardest thing was setting up the WiFi on it.
To me that was the easy part. I just set up a Extra access point using a "Belkin Access Point", you could use a regular wireless router I just happened to have one handy. I hard wired it as close to my meter as possible so the wireless setup would work better. It did.
Do not confuse this with the BL Monitor itself, it still must be within 100 feet of the sensor to work, but trust me, with obstructions, house wiring and any other interference, 100 feet is widely over estimating things in my book.
I positioned the BL Sensor as described in the manual, which is pretty easy to follow.
The BL power cost WiFi unit is so you can use one of several online data collectors like plotwatt.com or the app peoplepower.
Now, I thought I had everything running, until I noticed large discrepancies in the readings between PlotWatt and my actual handheld BL monitor.
I then checked with my power companies online monitoring system (PG&E) and that was different again.
Assuming PG&E was correct, I powered off everything in the house and Checked all readings.
Plotwatt reads - 1.63 kWh
BL Mon reads - 0.60 kWh
Actual meter = 0000.00 kWh
I have repositioned my sensor several times now and each time with NO power being used the only correct reading comes from the actual PG&E meter
Heres an image of my meter
I love this concept, but I think I might have gotten a faulty product, I'm going to tinker with it for another day or so, if I cant get it working, its going back.
Well NO response from Blueline, No response from Plotwatt and NO response from PeoplePower
I guess this kind of product is still in its infancy kinda like all of the above companies Customer Support.
My advice to anyone looking to cut bills
Get the Smart-meter installed (power company FREE)
Turn off everything and spend a couple of hours checking the meter with one appliance on at a time
or Buy a kill-o-Wat
See what uses what energy
Install LED where ever possible
Lose those Electric heaters
Buy power strips and switch everything off at night
Find out what your baseline energy use is via power company
Even though my unit did not work, it woke me up to what I can do myself without this gadget.