> Hi Dutch, these are monitors not smart meters, so maybe worth their own thread? Clip on electricity monitors
> are usually pretty inaccurate the lower the consumption. Have you compared the readings you're getting with
> your meters?
Feel free to move this to a new thread as suggested.
As Mentioned by @talldave
this is an energy monitor rather than a smart meter although that does not make it a bad thing. See - https://www.loopenergysaver.com/
Here are some points on this topic.
The traditional device provided with a Smart Meter is an IHD - In Home Display. This can display near real time usage on a display and (not yet having one) might show some historical data. Typically these devices give no other access.
It is less known but equally possible to get a CAD - Consumer Access Device. This uses the same technology as an IHD and indeed some devices do both roles. However a CAD makes it possible to access this data either via a cloud service or locally in the home. The CAD might be for example linked to an existing smart home platform like Samsung Smartthings.
Apparently the IHD provided by PurePlanet as part of their test SMETS2 rollout is a Geo Together Trio II Touch Button. Which is an IHD but can in theory also act as a CAD. (It needs an optional WiFi module to do this.)
It is in theory possible to buy your own CAD device. The smart meters, IHD and CAD devices all talk to either other using the Zigbee wireless standard.
IHD and CAD devices should be considered as part of the smart meter family.
Energy Monitoring devices work differently. These typically work by using a clamp on the main electrical cable to measure power consumption and an optical sensor to watch the numbers changing on the gas meter. The product mentioned by Dutch is one of this type.
There are some other similar Energy Monitoring products like this worth mentioning.
There is the 'Smappee' range. See - https://www.smappee.com/be_en/homepage
And there is the 'Sense' range. See - https://sense.com/
Smappee have monitors for Electricity, Gas and even Water. It also has the option of monitoring solar panel energy output. It claims to be able to detect individual appliances and extract their individual power consumption. This latter aspect is not however fool proof or complete.
Sense only seem to have an electricity monitor but they also claim to be able to identify the consumption of individual appliances and claim to have smart algorithms to do this. Last I checked Sense did not support Europe.
Smappee looks an interesting option especially if you have solar panels. I would regard their claims of appliance level monitoring however as only a bonus and should not be regarded as the main reason to purchase it.
Annoyingly - and this is not Smappee's fault, UK water meters are typically positioned at the edge of the public footpath next to your house. This makes it impractical to impossible to connect the Smappee sensor to it due to both range issues and the (UK) water companies likely being confused/upset and the possibility either the cable would have to go across the surface in to the (top) opening or for you to have to drill a hole in to the side underground. UK water utilities are of course like all other (especially UK) utilities and politicians practically technically illiterate and have no comprehension about this sort of stuff.
I personally am looking to start off with a CAD device, probably the one provided by 'TheLabrador' energy switching service. See - https://kb.thelabrador.co.uk/trouble...rador-home-hub
Currently this only reports to their system and is not accessible on your LAN but they are working on this. Later I plan to fit solar panels (tiles) and might then get Smappee as well.