I have been using my emonpi along with a remote RPi3 and stuff to monitor and control my solar PV and EVSE alongside home usage, like many. As I may have mentioned elsewhere I have finally got my solar generation tracking going to vary the EVSE advertised current and this was all very well in the summer months but now that winter and shorter days are on the way I am looking at other optimisations;
I currently display the “mysolardivert” app on a 7" Amazon Fire tablet in the kitchen for general viewing but I want to now have a more interactive system. I have looked at hass.io and while it’s very flexible it is too precscriptive. OpenHAB runs on Java and I detest Java - the upside-down runtime pyramid approach scares me and makes me want to avoid anything on a small device like an RPi where I can.
So, I’m looking for any other dashboard type suggestions, where I can put some interactive buttons and toggles to drive the EVSE and other things in the house. I have built node-red flows for managing the automation, but things like “summer/winter” mode and “add 2kWh to the car now” options appeal. I have the injectors for this in node-red but can just as easily send them over MQTT etc.
Ah! This is tied to using their services. I should clarify I am primarily looking for something that is solely in-house and not dependent on cloudy 'net based services - they are icing on a cake, not a critical thing.
I’ve built myself a dashboard using Dashing.io (or rather the maintained source on Smashing). Great tool, easy to install and work with and customize to my needs (I pull data from the local EmonCMS, and mix it with train info for my local stations, weather, shopping list, etc.). I currently deploy it onto Heroku, but next I’ll deploy it onto a web server on a Raspberry Pi. I then display it (or rather different versions of it showing different data) on an iPad in the kitchen, in the office, on my phone, etc.)
Nice illustration of whole house monitoring, with an emonTx shield, showing the fridge / freezer compressor kicking in and powering down through the night (blue and red lines) and the first cuppa of the day
pF can also be worked out for those that are interested (0.86).
IMHO when you factor in embedded video streams to monitor your property, interactive maps, two way Webhook APi’s, phone sensors such as light and GPS etc there’s nothing that comes anywhere close to Blynk for interactive smartphone dashboards. I am not associated with Blynk other than being a massive fan.
Now then, before we publish the Smartphone app, dark or light theme?