I’ve been working on a new home energy monitor since my old one stopped working after the new net meter went in. It’s easy enough to send some data up to pachube.com, but there are a lot of neat sites out there which have gotten started helping consumers track their home energy use:
Each has their own API, and most of them work with some subset of the commercial energy monitors out there:
- Ted 5000
- CurrentCost Monitor
- Brultech ECM-1240
- Blue Line Innovations
- The Owl
- Various Homemade devices
But do you really want to pick your device based on the sites they support, or vise versa? And wouldn’t it be nice if a single device could report to any or all of the above monitoring sites, each with their various strengths and weaknesses?
It’d be possible to make an energy-data-multiplexer which can accept inputs from any of the above devices, store the basic usage in a database (just feed name / timestamp / power value), and from there send it out to any/all of the sites which accept such data. It’s just a Simple Matter of Programming ™ to write the interfaces on both sides…. right? :)
Anyone have experience with this kind of thing?