Hi all, forum newbie here…
So I want to get to grips with my power usage at last… Always been a heavy domestic user and since moving to a larger property in the countryside, things are even worse… Top that with a new ground source heat pump installation (3 phase 15KW) last winter and I’m pushing 30,000 KW consumption per annum!
I’m also potentially having some power issues in the house (single phase) which may or may not be load related.
The power supply to the property arrives in the garage, the garage is connected to the house from a networking perspective, so network connectivity shouldn’t be an issue.
Currently the 3 phase supply has a consumer unit which feeds the Heat Pump and then one of the phases is passed over to the previous single phase boards for the rest of the house purposes.
There are 4 consumer units running on the single phase, 1 for the garage / garden, 1 for the utility / outside lighting, 1 for the basement (air con plus home control stuff), 1 for the ground / 1st floor.
As a starter for ten, I’d like to monitor the four consumer units, they are all fed from a cupboard in the garage with fused isolators. Presumably this is the best place for me to attach the CT sensors as it’s centralised.
Can you please advise which hardware would be best for this? I’m happy to use either the web EmonCMS or host locally (I have a NAS server with Docker facilities).
I’m a programmer by trade, although getting long in the tooth, predominately a Windows software developer (I know), so not very good on Linux / A N other, but have good networking skills and a logical brain!
We are also installing 25KW of solar panels in the next 2-3 weeks, so will want to monitor this in due course, currently we are looking at the Sunny TriPower STP 25000TL-30 so will want to be able to read data from this.
Ideally, I will want to look at the usage on each distribution board and potentially help to balance the 3 phase more than it will be currently.
I see that the EmonPi is an all inclusive box and maybe ideal for a RasperyPi / Linux novice, but I can’t help but think that out of the box I already need more sensors and there is probably a more suitable combination?
Just to be clear, I will happily purchase more units to start focusing in on the culprit energy usage, so will want to be able to add more “sub” sensors if that makes sense.
Thanks for any help in advance.