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Appliance Energy Monitoring System that Runs on ZigBee Wireless Mesh Network

May 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Plugwise Home Start Zigbee Wireless Energy Monitoring Kit, 2-Zone

ThePlugwise Home Start Zigbee Wireless Energy Monitoring Kit, 2-Zone is a ZigBee communicating system that is designed to help users see the energy consumption of connected appliances and then cut down on wasted energy. The kit comes with 2 smart plugs, also referred to as “Circle’s”, which connect to a wall outlet and then simply connect the appliance for tracking by plugging it into the Circle. Data will then transmit over a ZigBee wireless network to a connected computer and provide usage information while also allowing for the creating of “switching schemes”. The switching schemes are periods of time in which a connected appliance is to be turned off as a result of noticing large amounts of energy usage during specific periods when the appliance is not actually being used. Once recognized, an event can be created that will automatically turn off power to the appliance for the decided upon amount of time and then turn it back on afterwards. It is important to note that a switching scheme can only control an appliance that is connected to a circle.

Creating switching schemes is a function that must be done via a computer that has the Plugwise installed software. The software is a free download using the license code that is included with the purchase of the Energy Monitoring Kit. System requirements for installing the source software are a computer with Windows XP/Vista/7, 30 MB of free disk space, 1 GB memory, 1 GHz processor, 64 MB graphics card and a valid internet connection. Upon downloading the software connect the USB flash drive (included) to your computer USB port to complete installation and launch the Plugwise network.
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Light and Motion Detector Ideal for Lighting as well as Appliance Automatic Turn On/Off

May 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Plugwise Scan Zigbee Wireless Light and Motion Detector
Looking to expand your Plugwise network to do more than just monitor appliance energy consumption? With the Scan Zigbee Wireless Light and Motion Detector you can do just that. The sensor will aid in energy conservation by recognizing when someone is in a room and then automatically turning the lights on and then off once the room is empty. Another benefit to the Light and Motion Detector is that it can provide insight into home or building occupancy. Because it detects people the Scan will provide data showing how often people are in a given room and send this information to the Plugwise network. This will then offer the owner an overview of which rooms are used more than others as well as how often. The Scan will communicate with the nearest Circle in Plugwise ZigBee network. While the Light and Motion Detector is great for use with room lighting it can also be used with other appliances that do not need to be on when no one is around such as a printer or computer. This product is powered by 1 AA battery which is included with purchase. It is important to note that this product requires an existing Plugwise network to be setup in order for use.
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Save Energy and Cut Down Electricity Bills with a Simple Turn Dial Countdown Timer

May 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Woods 59727 Spring Wound Manual Wall Switch Timer, Ivory, 15-Minute

  • Automatically turns connected appliance off after a preset time
  • Set timer with a quick turn of the dial
  • Timer runs up to 15 minutes
  • Lowers energy costs and appliance/bulb use
  • Replaces standard wall switches

The Woods 5972715-Minute Spring Wound Timer is a in-wall timer has a simple dial mechanism, simply set the dial to the number of minutes you want the fan to run. Never worry that you left the bathroom exhaust fan on all day again. Timer will run up to 15 minutes and turn the fan off, helping to keep moisture levels down in the bathroom. Also ideal for lights, bathroom heat lamps and whole house fans. Installation is easy – just install in place of existing wall switch (standard toggle or decorator wall plate). The timer is compatible with compact fluorescent bulbs.
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Track and Analyze Temperature and Humidity Variations in a Given Room

May 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Plugwise Sense Temperature and Air Humidity Sensor
Looking to expand your Plugwise network to do more than just monitor appliance energy consumption? Do so with the Sense Temperature and Air Humidity Sensor from Plugwise. This sensor will measure and track the temperature and humidity of the air in the given room it is in and transmit the data for analyzing over the Plugwise ZigBee wireless network. When installing the sensor it is important to do so within 10 meters (32 feet) of an installed Circle because the Sense will send its data to it for transmitting to the network. The sensor has a temperature measuring range of 0 to 60°C (32 to 140°F) and air humidity tracking range of 5 to 95% RH. The Temperature and Air Humidity Sensor is powered by 1 AA battery which is included with purchase. It is important to note that the Sense is an accessory to the Plugwise network and requires it to be already installed for proper use.

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Battery Powered Timer Automatically Turns Your Toggle Switch On and Off

Woods 59744 Flip Switch Timer
The Woods 59744 Flip Switch Timer fits over your existing wall plate and automatically flips a toggle switch at programmed times. Perfect for turning on and off overhead lighting, ceiling fans, porch lighting and other outlets controlled by a wall switch, giving your home that lived in look while you’re away. There is no wiring required, the timer operates off of two AA batteries, so installation is a snap.

The digital timer is simple to set with 4-button programming, has an easy-to-read LCD display, and a convenient manual override button which allows you to use the switch without affecting the timers set schedule. Up to 2 on/off settings that repeat daily. The Flip Switch is part of the Tru Living Collection of timers that compliment any décor with warm neutrals which bring sophistication and style while maximizing convenience, safety and energy savings.

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