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Sense Solar

Monitor energy use and solar production. For homes with solar power systems.

$349

Pay-per-Month as low as $29.57 /mo*

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*Subject to approval of credit application. Rates range from 5.99% to 29.99% APR, resulting in, for example, 12 monthly payments of $87.91 at 9.99% APR, per $1,000 borrowed. APRs will vary depending on credit qualifications, loan amount, and term. Bread® pay-over-time plans are loans made by Comenity Capital Bank.
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*Subject to approval of credit application. Rates range from 5.99% to 29.99% APR, resulting in, for example, 12 monthly payments of $87.91 at 9.99% APR, per $1,000 borrowed. APRs will vary depending on credit qualifications, loan amount, and term. Bread® pay-over-time plans are loans made by Comenity Capital Bank.

Know your solar

Get a clear view into how much you produce, use, and sell back to the grid. See real-time details or look back at your home’s history. It’s all designed to help you maximize your solar production and investment.

Real-time measurements

See exactly how much energy your home is using, producing or sending to and from the grid in real time.

Take a deeper look

See how your solar production and electricity use trends over different periods of time. Are you using the solar you make, or selling it back to the grid?

Energy insights, too.

Sense Solar breaks down your usage in just the same way as our base Sense monitor, so you get all the insight about your consumption regardless of how solar factors in.

See what’s happening at home

With machine-learning device detection and smart plug integrations, Sense shows you what’s turned on and off, so you gain insight you can’t get from other smart devices.

Now

The Now screen shows you which devices are running right now. The bigger the bubble, the more power it’s using!

Wattage

You can always see exactly how much energy you’re producing and using at any moment.

Timeline

The timeline keeps a history of on/off events, so you can look back to see when your kids turned off their video games.

Real-time readings

The Power Meter tells you exactly how much electricity you’re using right now, with wattage steps up and down when devices turn on and off.

Explore

Find out how much energy a device is using by going around your house turning them on or off. Time to change that incandescent bulb to an LED!

Always On

Many devices are on when you don’t even realize it. Unplug that coffee maker to see how much it draws waiting for the next cup to be made.

Lower your carbon footprint

Our mission at Sense is to reduce carbon emissions by making homes smart and efficient. The Sense app provides real-time carbon intensity data to help you reduce your footprint. So if your mission is our mission, you have the information you need to make a difference.

Regional

See your region’s Carbon Intensity (CI) number. It’s a measure ranging from 0 to 2.1 of how clean or dirty the energy being produced by the grid is right now. 0 is good! 2.1 is bad.

Forecast

Sense provides a CI forecast for the rest of the day, so you can plan accordingly. Consider charging your EV when the sun is high and CI is low.

Compare

You can compare your home’s Avg. CI to the regional CI number. Using high energy devices during periods of low CI is one way you can have a meaningful impact on climate change.

On average, with Sense installed you can save up to 9% on your energy bill.

How Sense Works

Sense Labs

Power
quality

Track voltage dips and spikes that may need attention from the utility.

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Sense Labs

Motor
Stalls

Identify a motor stall before a device fails completely.

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Sense Labs

Floating
Neutral

Warns users of conditions consistent with dangerous floating neutrals to help confirm the diagnosis.

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Integrations

Philips
Hue

See wattage for each bulb or group and turn them on or off in Sense.

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Integrations

Alexa

Voice queries, like “Alexa, ask Sense how much energy is my home using?”

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Integrations

Wemo

Wattage and control for the Wemo Insight smart plug.

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Integrations

TP-Link/
Kasa

Wattage and control for all energy-monitoring smart plugs.

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Integrations

IFTTT

Communicate with devices in your home using the IFTTT protocol.

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Compare

Sense

Sense Flex

Sense Solar

Price

$299

$349

$349

Sensors (2 per pair)

One pair

Two pairs

Two pairs

Compatible with

Homes without solar systems

One of the applications below

Homes with solar systems

Solar

400A split-service

Generator support

Dedicated Circuit Monitoring

Reviews

jahayes

September 2021

Went from not knowing anything about my specific devices power usage or solar generation to knowing a lot in a short time thanks to Sense. Definitely good to have a check on what the power company is charging you for…Sense is very accurate. Highly recommended even if you don’t have solar to get a better understanding of your usage and how you can save money.

eln2732

September 2021

Sense is a unique device to monitor and optimize your energy usage. When you add solar panels a Sense becomes an essential tool to track your solar production in an efficient manner from anywhere with an Internet connection.

ray_l

September 2021

I have never regretted my purchase. I use it everyday to log my usages and solar production.

Tech Specs

Size and Weight
137mm x 66mm x 32mm, 220g

Power consumption
< 5W, 0.1A

Current Transformer Specs
CAT IV 250V 200A max

Cable length: 46 (116.84cm)

Inside Diameter: 1” (2.54cm)

Wireless
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Bluetooth Smart
Bandwidth use: ~300MB per day

Signal Processing
1MHz Sampling Rate (4M data points per second) 1GHz ARM Processor

Sensors
Two sets, iron core, copper-wound sensors

Environmental Ratings

Relative Humidity: < 90%:

IPX0 rating, no water ingress

Temperature: 32-154ºF (0-68ºC)

Elevation: < 6562” (2,000m)

Features

Sense
Sense Flex
Sense Solar

Real-time power meter accurate within 1% of utility meter

Machine learning device detection

ETL/Intertek certified for installation inside electrical panels

Custom device notifications (for found devices)

Power Meter and on/off event timeline for found devices

Custom goal setting and tracking

Whole-home historical energy and cost data by day, week, month, year, billing cycle

Device-level historical tracking by day, week, month, year, billing cycle (for found devices)

Time-of-use rate plan support, with high rate zone notifications

Significant energy change notifications by time period, type, or comparison

Automatic Always On electricity tracking with user-input device inventory

Similar home energy comparisons

Historical carbon intensity metrics

Current day carbon intensity forecast

Real-time fuel mix by regions (for supported regions)

Monthly email reports

Fully downloadable whole-home and device level data via web app

Web, IOS, and Android interface

400A split-service compatibility

Standby generator compatibility

Dedicated circuit monitoring for up to two circuits

Solar monitoring

Real-time solar production

Real-time solar utilization

Real-time solar sell-back

Historical solar production and utilization by day, week, month, year, billing cycle

Got questions?

Will Sense work with my solar panels?

Most likely! Your incoming solar feed must connect directly into your main electrical panel, either through a breaker or a service-side tap.

 

If solar is set up in a subpanel, the incoming solar feed should be within 46″ of the main panel. This will allow the current sensor cable to reach and connect to the Sense monitor in the main electrical panel. Extension cables are available in lengths of 4′, 12′, 25′, and 40′ should your solar feed be further than 46″ from your main electrical panel. These extensions can be combined to achieve larger lengths, but the maximum length should be no more than 80′.

 

For accurate solar production readings, there should not be any other live circuits connected to the subpanel.

 

If you aren’t sure if your particular setup will work, contact our Support team.

How do I install Sense Solar?

Installing Sense Solar requires the additional steps of installing the second set of sensors around the solar feed supplying power through the electrical panel.

 

Click here for detailed information on Sense Solar installation.

Is Sense Solar compatible with off-grid solar installations?

Sense Solar will work with off-grid solar systems (homes that are not tied to the utility and are powered only by another generation source like solar or wind) under the following conditions:

  • All of the power coming into the house is AC (alternating current).
  • Batteries are positioned upstream from the main panel.
  • Other standard system requirements are met.

 

If all the above are true, it should look basically exactly like a traditional Sense setup. Solar CTs should not be required because the solar panels are the only power source. f all the above are true, it should look basically exactly like a traditional Sense setup. Solar CTs should not be required because the solar panels are the only power source.

What insights can I expect from Sense Solar?

The Solar screen of the Sense app (available if you have Sense Solar) shows five primary usage stats. Solar stats can be accessed by double-tapping the Solar bubble, tapping the solar production icon, or accessing the Solar card via the Trends screen.

 

Usage
Your total, whole-home consumption for the period selected. The given cost is based on your billing rate, if provided.

 

Production
Your total solar production for the period selected. The given cost is based on your billing rate, if provided.

 

To Grid
Your excess solar production sent to the grid. The given cost is calculated based on your sellback rate. You can set this in the Solar Settings screen.

 

From Grid
Your usage pulled from the grid and not covered by solar. The given cost is based on your billing rate, if provided. Powered by Solar The % Powered by Solar number refers to the amount of consumption that is being drawn from solar, relative to total consumption.

 

For example, if you consume 10kWh in the same period that you produced 10kWh of solar, you would be 100% powered by solar.

 

However, if you produced 10kWh during the daylight hours and consumed 5kWh during these hours plus another 5kWh at night (a total consumption of 10kWh for the day), only 5kWh would actually be covered by your solar production. The other 5kWh produced would be sent back to the grid as excess production. You would be 50% Powered By Solar for that day.

I already have a Sense monitor. Can I add Sense Solar?

Yes, you can add Flex sensors to your existing Sense monitor for $50.

 

Before you purchase, check to see if Sense will work with your solar panels.

 

If you aren’t sure if your particular solar setup will work with the Sense Monitor, please contact our Support team.