Flipping smart electricity tracking on at the CNET Smart Home
Where is it?
It's supposed to be here today.
Oh, there it is.
We have installed a lot of gadgets here at the CNET smart home and one of them is running up this Bigfoot sized electric bill.
That's why we are going to install a smart energy monitor and get to the bottom.
Smart home energy monitors let you see exactly how much electricity your home is using in real time.
They can also pinpoint exactly how much electricity a particular appliance is drawing.
And maybe predict how much it'll cost you in the long run.
Lots of companies are getting into the smart home energy monitoring game.
We chose Nurio because we recently reviewed the device, we know how it works, we're familiar with its operation, but, I have to say it is not easy to install.
As a matter of fact, it can be a little hazardous.
But you know what, I think our technical editor Steve Conway can do this in his sleep.
I probably could do this installation in my sleep, but I sure wouldn't want to.
Installing the Neurio has you dealing with very high current levels coming into your house.
And even when we shut the main breaker panels off, which we're going to do, your still gonna have to work in areas of the box where there is active current.
The first step is gonna to be to identify the two different phases in your Your box.
So you can see that we actually wired in to each one of those spaces on our double pole breaker and ran that back to the main Neurio device.
After that the Neurio device also has a white neutral wire.
Run your white wire from the Neurio device to the breaker bar, install it there.
Now you can see that in our breaker box.
Behind the main power lines we have a lot of wires.
There's not a lot of room to work in there.
So what we did is we actually jumped up to our common box in the middle where the two main sets of lines come in to power each of our breaker boxes.
And that's where we installed our sensor.
Finally, to install the antenna for the Nerio, we use one of the breakouts on the side of our breaker box.
Punch it out, install the antenna with the included grommets, and then connect it to our Nerio.
And now Brian can see live energy usage on his phone.
With Neurio now installed we can see main sections of the house where power is now being used.
We're talking ovens, ranges, microwave ovens, dishwashers, even powerful coffee makers.
Okay, now we're gonna find out exactly which one of our gadgets is running up the bill.
Wait a minute.
That doesn't make any sense.
We check the bathroom?
What are you doing in here?
What is all this stuff?
You're using this to take selfies and I'm just gonna comp this for electricity?