LG Electronics announced this week a collaboration with Sense, provider of home energy monitors for consumers, to deliver to LG residential solar customers detailed, real-time data on their homes’ solar generation and power usage down to the appliance level using the Sense Solar Home Energy Monitor.
Consumers have little visibility into their day-to-day electricity consumption and how using various appliances can influence their bills. Often complex time-of-use utility rate structures make it even more challenging for customers to get a clear visual into their electricity use.
The companies believe that by using the combination of LG Solar and Sense Solar, consumers will be able to see how much power their solar array is generating, how much energy their home is consuming and what the value of that power is in real time.
After a quick install in a home’s electric panel, Sense Solar uses sensors to read the electrical current thousands of times a second, and its artificial intelligence (AI) learns to identify devices and track their activity, including appliances such as washing machines, entertainment systems, treadmills and electric vehicle chargers. This information is shown in the Sense app in real time, with typical latencies of less than a second, so homeowners can see devices as they turn on and off, know how much power is being used, by what equipment and the associated costs
When combined with installation of LG’s solar modules, the Sense app also shows the amount of power being generated by the home’s solar panels.
The real-time, detailed energy insights can help consumers make informed decisions about their energy consumption, while also providing home awareness by detecting potential issues. For instance, the user can configure Sense to alert them when their energy usage is higher than normal or if there’s a particular problem, such as a sump pump running too long. With these insights, Sense customers have saved hundreds and even thousands of dollars on their electricity bills, said the company.
“Consumers increasingly view solar as part of a whole home energy solution rather than a stand-alone product,” said Gabe Abbott, vice president of strategic partnerships at Sense. “By offering insights into both solar production and energy consumption in an intuitive interface, solar providers can help consumers realize the full savings potential of their investment, especially as they deal with complex utility rate structures.”