Smappee Home Energy Monitor Solar
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- Measure total energy consumption and solar production of your home
- Save energy without losing comfort
- One free Comfort-Plug(TM) included.
- Unique appliance detection shows consumption and cost of individual appliances.
- Includes 6 current clamps (for US homes with solar panels)
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The 'Worlds most innovative solar energy monitor' enables you to measure the total energy production of your solar, the energy consumption of your home and the appliances within. Once you've installed Smappee and connected it to your wireless internet, you'll see via the free App, how much your solar is saving you as well as how much your home energy is costing you in real-time, and where that energy is being consumed within your home. Find the energy guzzling appliances in your home and use the Comfort-Plug(TM) to turn them on and off when you don't need them. The free App enables you to see all this useful data in a simple and intuitive way, and enables you to set smart schedules to control your homes appliances.
Top Customer Reviews
The system has been permit inspected by the city and utility in California.
After 20+ hours of e-mail...pictures...photos with the folks at Smappee, their unit
continued to show solar production as utility grid usage. I asked them for a replacement unit.
They never sent one.
There is no US telephone number to call for support, other than a
408 area code number in the San Francisco Bay Area, that only leaves a voice mail, and
never returns a phoncall. Support is only via e-mail to Europe.
The unit did not show solar
production, and cost me a lot of wasted time...I would not recommend this unit at all, and have
returned it to Amazon with full comments...Lastly, shame on their e-mail support fellas...
If the thing works...and a big if...why they took three weeks of my time and maybe should
have thought to send out a replacement...So, I think their unit has huge bugs that make it unreliable...
In my case Totally Useless and 100% reverse on solar production, even after spending hours
reversing the direction of the CT's and corresponding e-mail support. Again, total waist of my time.
Until the Fellas at Smappee get it right I will not recommend this device.
i have this set for 3 months now and i luv it.. using it in upstate NY with solar panels i owned.. and the unit measurement is +/- 3% from actual meter readings. so far this unit has taught me to be power smart and i reduced all my vampire loades to about 205wh daily ... compared to 280wh before i had this unit.. i did not realised how much power were being sucked from those standby tvs etc u have in the house.. Now even the adaptors for the irobots are placed on mechanical timers to charge the batteries 5 hrs daily only.. which also prolongs the batteries as it cycles the battery and not keep it continuous charged.
installation of the unit into my electrical panel was a easy task and took me 30 mins installing the clamps into the incoming power lines .. i had the solar version unit which i had additional clamps for the solar power lines into the panel.
My solar feeds into its own breaker in the electrical panel. The solar clamps can also be installed backward. In my case the clamps did need to be reversed. (arrows opposite directions) You should have a negative reading when system is not producing any energy due to the load of inverter stand by and the net metering meter. Its a small load of -4.4 watts when off. If clamps aren't right its reads positive, or wont give a reading at all.
If you are comfortable being around high voltage and can use screwdriver and pliers you should have no trouble installing this. If you don't like the sound of high voltage buzz and don't have basic trouble shooting skills hire an electrician.
I have solar monitoring, a net meter, and Smappee. Its is usually within .1 to .2 kwh of my net meter. That's great accuracy.
The wiring from the clamps to Smappee is adequate, but I would like to see longer wires or extenders to get Smappee away from high EMI sources of electrical panels and inverter.
The Wifi range is decent but not great. To be fair my phones have difficulty in the garage where Smappee is located.
The app will hang on iOS and android phone if the Wifi signal is weak. You have to access expert mode of Smappee to see this info.
When I had my electrical panel off (high EMI) it kept hanging. With it on it works fine -65db is edge of it working properly with app.
It doesn't seem to bother the data collection. My numbers have been accurate compared to utility meters and the Kill-o-watt device.
I moved router a bit and the signal improved to -60 to 63db. That made app much more responsive.
The app works fine on iOS and Android. It has a clean easy to use interface. It recognizes devices and lets you name them.
Then you can see how often they run a day, week, month, or year and approximate cost of device usage. The detection is decent.
Finding the appliance can be tricky. Most are easy like furnace, blower, lamps, lights, It even detected furnace high and low speeds. You have to piece together the data with appliance DNA in app. I have a on demand water heater. It pulls 120 watts when first ignites (gas) in use power goes down, then stays in ready to fire state of 30 watts or so for a minute or 2. Smappee has not detected it yet. It also will falsely identify an item with a similar electrical signature in the Events list at times. Example:If too many things turn on and off within a couple of seconds like coffee pot comes on and fridge goes off it may not detect proper appliance. It is very complex to identify power usage signatures so I don't remove stars for this.
I would like to see a Windows app or program instead of access thru web portal.
It comes with a smart plug that can be triggered by events, schedule, manually. It programmed easily and works fine. I think the its range is about 30 meters from Smappee unit. You can get more plugs from Smappee reasonably.
I wanted this to compliment my solar panels so I knew consumption vs production at any given time without having to read meters. It has made the family more aware of electrical consumption. I also like the fact that we don't have to guess if the flat iron is still on when we go out. Can help to locate energy hogs or a device that wont or didn't shut off. Once you know your homes normal energy draw you will easily see a draw that wont go away. Like a fridge that stays on.
Be aware the data is stored on their servers and sent to your app. You can export some of the data from your portal to excel or the like. If the company goes under, sells, the unit may no longer work. Overall I am happy with Smappee! I hope thru continued development it will only get better.
I have used their community forum and received answers to questions within 7 to 8 hrs (different time zones)