Real-time Power Monitoring System

Jason Winters, the famous Picodore and fishcam inventor himself, created a Do It Yourself (DIY) power monitoring system to chart and track power usage in your house using AC transducer clamps and an ioBridge module for web-casting the data. This project has found a lot of interest on the world wide web and the ioBridge community. Jason has used the system and discovered some amazing inefficiencies and some power suckers all around his house. I think we are interested in knowing where our money goes and how to become more efficient. I have also noticed lots of claims that this has been done before. If you dig deeper, you will find that no one has quite solved the problem quite like this and will be surprised with the ability to use it with Google Charts, Google Documents, and social networking widgets.

Jason has provided plenty of photos and details on how to recreate the power monitoring system for your own benefit. You can check out his Picobay Projects Blog or the very detailed Instructables.

Comments

  1. Steve says:

    Hi,
    This is a great project. The only modification he needed to make was a mechanism to allow the module to read AC RMS voltages. If you could build a module that had that facility then I’m sure the demand for modules would increase as it is such an appealing project.

    In your position I’d be very tempted to create a ‘power consumption kit’ product (and website) just from this idea alone.

    Best regards
    Steve