Sense Home Energy Monitor

3.1
508 reviews
50K+
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Content rating
Everyone
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About this app

The Sense app connects to a Sense home energy monitor or Wiser Energy monitor installed in your home’s electrical panel.

The Sense monitor analyzes changes in current and voltage one million times per second, giving you insights into your power consumption with unprecedented accuracy. It connects to your home's Wi-Fi network and then reports real-time and historical energy use to our Mobile/Web apps, so you can monitor your efficiency and home activity from anywhere.

Over time, Sense's machine learning algorithms identify unique signatures in the power use of individual devices within your home and match them against a growing database of appliances and home electronics.

To purchase a Sense monitor, visit https://sense.com

Customer support
Website: https://help.sense.com
Email: support@sense.com
Updated on
Jan 13, 2023

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Personal info, App activity, and App info and performance
Data is encrypted in transit
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3.1
508 reviews
Brody Cottrill
December 17, 2022
Lack of ability to at least manually tell sense that a device it found isn't on severely limits the usefulness of this product. It's good at total energy consumption, but unfortunately that's about it. The AI automatic device detection works somewhat, but is inaccurate at least 80% of the time. I was hoping to see the energy usage between our hot tub, and dryer, but it identifies both as the same device. A simple software addition of manually telling sense the device is, or isn't on would help.
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Oliver Marston
December 29, 2021
A few ui improvements from greatness. Have had it for about 1-2 years, and the potential is there, but the ui interface is restricting it from getting there. The automatic device detection is useless- maybe 5% accurate at best. That would be fine if the manual process for recognizing and adding devices allowed me to actually do that, but it does not. Without at least one of those capabilities, it is unfortunately mostly useless.
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Sense Labs, Inc.
December 29, 2021
We're sorry to hear Sense hasn't been as helpful as you had hoped. You would benefit from our integrations (like our smart plug integration) and features like Dedicated Circuit Monitoring (https://blog.sense.com/sense-gets-flexible-with-flex-add-on-sensors/). Please reach out to us at support@sense.com so we can see what we can do to help!
Wm. Josiah Erikson
May 19, 2021
I got this for free with my solar installation. It did what I wanted, which is tell me how much power I'm feeding the grid, how much power the house is using, and some nice cumulative statistics. So I'm happy because that's all I was expecting. The device detection is kinda neat, but it doesn't work very well. It can't differentiate between my stove and my toaster, for instance, which is weird, since my stove is 240V and my toaster is 120V and it monitors both poles... so that should have been an easy one for it. It also detected one pole of my water heater as a water heater and the other pole as "Heat 4", despite the fact that they always use the same amount of energy and come on and off together - I had to manually merge them... but it was extra strange because it detected it correctly, together, at first, and then later detected a "new device", which was the other pole, and pulled that pole out of the device it originally detected correctly. What? It's very frustrating that you can't "teach" it by telling it you're going to turn something on and off, and telling it what it is. It takes some random amount of time to learn things that you have no control over, and it's not very good at it. The "energy hog" tutorial is silly... anyone who's had a power meter and some curiosity and pays any attention to what kind of light bulbs they have already knows everything you learn in that tutorial. Machine learning is neat, but this app really points out the shortcomings! This part of the app doesn't feel "finished", and though I've had fun geeking out with it, the combined lack of accuracy with lack of manual control makes it extremely frustrating for a somewhat knowledgeable geek such as me, and I would imagine very frustrating indeed for the average non-geeky layperson. Having written a few apps myself, I would not have let this out of alpha with this poor of a detection algorithm. I would have let a lot more people train this machine learning algorithm manually before releasing this as a public beta, gotten more data, and THEN released it. When a machine-learning algorithm can't detect patterns that I can clearly see with my own eyes... well, it's not very useful. On top of all of that, the app crashes constantly, and I have to close it manually and open it again to get it to update. This happens in the browser too. All in all, I'd say this is an app that has a LOT of promise, but should not have been released to the public yet, or at least not the device detection part. As far as utility to the consumer, for figuring out how much power individual devices use, it's not very useful either, for a number of reasons. Because of the power signature detection algorithm it clearly uses, different components of a device get detected as different devices, and it's impossible to force it to detect anything, so one often misses large portions of the actual power usage of an appliance. For instance, my fridge, like many modern fridges, has two motors - one for the freezer and one for the refrigerator portion, and several heating elements for the frost-free feature, and also some light bulbs and a motor for the ice-cube maker and a motor for the ice cube dispenser screw (the last two won't use significant energy, so so what, but my points stands). Sense detects some of these and not others. So far it has detected my fridge motor but not my freezer one, and none of the other motors or heating elements - they are all in "other", so when I look at how much power my "Fridge" is using, it's way lower than it really is. It would be MUCH more accurate for me to just plug a power meter inline with my fridge plug for a day or two. Similar things are true about my coffee maker, which has a pump, a heating element, a grinding motor, and a servo motor or two. The app really isn't clear with you that all of these things are separate and gives you a false sense of having detected the power usage of an appliance. I'm curious to see if what they're trying to do is even possible. It's a very neat idea. I look forward to future improvements.
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