Home energy monitoring software company Eragy has made a free app available for Control4 home control system users.
The Watts on Now! software provides a simple user interface that shows the amount of energy being used on the network. Users can see the cost per hour, easy-to-understand month-to-date costs and estimates—as well as use the system to turn devices like lights on and off.
A paid version of Watts on Now! can monitor whole-house energy use with the addition of a power sensor such as TED 5000 series or eGauge. Eragy says that Watt’s on Now!, coupled with a compatible in-home power sensor, enables homeowners to save up to 20 percent or more off their monthly electric bills.
Paid version users also have access to a web portal and their energy histories. They can monitor their energy usage from their TV screen, iPad, Control4 touchscreen or web browser. Smartphone users can access their energy info from the phone’s web browser. Specific apps for smartphones are planned.
The paid version is $199 and includes the Control4 app and the first 12 months of service. After that, the service is $96 a year.
The “Freemium” version of Watts on Now will give Control4 users a taste of energy monitoring and management, while the paid version provides a more dynamic and engaging experience.
The paid version of Watt’s on Now! also provides an easy way for solar users to visualize their energy consumption and energy generation and understand the real-time and historical value of their generated energy.
Watt’s on Now! also supports many of the complex utility rate plans that exist in California, Arizona, and other areas across the U.S and Canada, including Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) rate plans. The app works in conjunction with Eragy’s cloud-based Utility Rate Engine and enables users to instantly understand the true value of solar energy being generated, even in areas that have multi-tier, time-of-use, and demand-based utility rates. Some utilities have tiered rate plans that increase costs if you exceed a usage amount during a billing period. Time of use electric rates can change by the hour or minute, depending on whether it’s a peak load period, which are typically priced higher.
The paid version of Watts on Now also provides alerts so users can see if appliances are using too much energy and may require servicing.
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Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates