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Real-Time Energy Usage Monitor

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Real-Time Energy Usage Monitor is operating again correctly, just been offline since October 2009!

I’ll try and get the temperature guage fixed for the website again.

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Wattson is back…

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Real time energy readings back, I have a theory about why my Wattson crashes…more later

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Real-Time Energy (electricity) Usage from my Wattson (electric) Smart Meter

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

I’ve updated my Real-Time Energy Usage widget in the right hand side panel to update every 10 seconds.

So if you wait and watch, after 10 seconds, it should change!

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Wattson’s zero Watts!

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Wattson’s transmitter batteries need charging, hence zero Watts!

It’s not that I’ve installed my own wind turbine or solar panels, and getting free electricity.

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Wattson is well again!

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

After a 3.5 days recuperating  (powered-off), Wattson has managed to get over his sickness! Not a very elegant solution for such a designer object (an un-bent paperclip stuck with blue-tack underneath - to aid reset, and leaving a few days for the batteries to discharge, so wattson forgets his corrupt configuration, to prevent him from freezeing.

Some interesting observations after leaving Wattson unpluged from the DC charger and computer for a total of 3.5 days. Do not be temepted to re-connect to pc or charger at this time (wattson will still be active and freeze!)

After leaving wattson off for 3.5 days, after a power-on, you know wattson is happy again, because it defaults to Colours Only.

Plug back into DC mains charger, connect back to Holmes, and run a collection, the previous days data is still stored, I had 7 days of data before the freeze, Holmes detects Wattson, the data and time is set to 30.11.1999, and it starts to collect all data, and set the tariffs.

Holmes collecting data from Wattson

Holmes collecting data from Wattson

Wattson is now happy again.

Holmes collecting data from Wattson

Holmes collecting data from Wattson

and energy readings will appear again in the side panel.

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Npower Sign Online 15 Electricity Tariff

Friday, April 17th, 2009

A 5 minute telephone call today to Npower has saved me £350 on my electricity bill in switching from Standard to Sign Online 15 Electricity tariff, which is paperless billing, and you send them a meter reading, rather than the “twonk on stupid street” from Meterplus, which always leave a card because I’m out at work, asking me to do it. Who reads their meters, because they are out reading mine!

I could have saved over £550 on my electricity bill, by switching to Web Online 15, but this tariff offered by Npower, is excluslvely to “new customers” only to Npower, so for me to get this, I’ve got to switch to another provider e.g. EDF or E-ON, and then come back to Npower, then they’ll put me on that tariff. Now there’s an idea, maybe I leave and not comeback, as Npower Customer Service doesn’t rank very highly according to the Which? surveys!

Oh, I know my exact electricity usage because Wattson records it, and has been for the last 510 days, so whether it’s per second, minute, day, hour, week, month and year, I have the data!

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Ghosts in the machine!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

ah, the reason no data is being shown is my wattson has crashed and hung. It will be a few days, until it gets over it’s illnes! It has done this before in the last 510 days I’ve been logging data. I don’t know what’s going on here, my TiVo crashed again, my phone reset and crashed, I’m still trying to get my PC working, and Wattson’s poorly!

Ghosts in the machine!

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No data from Wattson!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

let me give wattson a kick! there’s no data displayed!

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Real-Time Energy Usage on Twitter

Monday, March 30th, 2009

I blogged about my gadget Wattson,[here] if you missed it.

Well with some super software from Crispin called Powometer over at myenergyusage.org, I can now link my Wattson to the Internet and update twitter on my energy usage!

UPDATE 2nd April 2009 Crispin has done some work that now allows me to show you all LIVE power usage in watts!

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Demonstration of Wattson

Monday, October 29th, 2007

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