Electricity Consumption Monitoring: The Best Applications

Monitoring electricity consumption is more important than ever these days. Not only because it helps us save money and optimize energy consumption, but also because it directly affects our environment. 

Our goal is to help you understand how monitoring your electricity consumption can change your energy consumption and help you save money and have a positive impact on the environment.

The best applications that monitor electricity consumption

Depending on your electricity contract, different electricity companies may offer different electricity consumption tracking software as part of your electricity contract. However, there are also many general applications available for monitoring electricity consumption, which help you keep an eye on your energy consumption and make informed decisions electricity to save. Especially for the owners of spot price electricity contracts, monitoring electricity consumption can save considerable amounts.

Fingrid Datahub

Fingrid Datahub is a Finnish application that provides real-time information about your electricity consumption. The app is easy to use and automatically connects your electricity meter data.

With Datahub, you can monitor the electricity consumption hourly and check what the current electricity price is. The application also helps to understand how different devices affect the total consumption.

EnergyHub

EnergyHub is an international application that is especially suitable for fans of smart devices and home automation.

With the help of the application, you can manage and monitor the consumption of your home's electrical appliances conveniently from your smartphone. EnergyHub also offers analytics and reporting, with which you can identify the biggest energy hogs and make more effective decisions to save electricity.

Wattsight

Wattsight is a European application that focuses on the electricity market and offers a wide range of tools for monitoring electricity consumption.

With Wattsight, you can view your own consumption data, monitor electricity price development and compare offers from different electricity companies.

FeatureFingrid DatahubEnergyHubWattsight
Real-time monitoringYesYesYes
Management of smart devicesNoYesNo
Electricity meter compatibilityYesDependsYes
Electricity price informationYesNoYes
Electricity market monitoringNoNoYes
Consumption analysis and reportingNoYesYes
Comparison of contractsNoNoYes
Operating systemAndroid, iOSAndroid, iOSAndroid, iOS, web app
Applications that monitor electricity consumption in comparison

The best devices that monitor electricity consumption

There are various devices for monitoring electricity consumption that provide more detailed information about your energy consumption.

Below are three popular devices that will help you monitor your electricity consumption and find ways to save energy.

Smart plugs

Smart plugs are an easy way to monitor the electricity consumption of individual devices.

They are installed in place of standard sockets and connected to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. 

Smart Plugins allows you to monitor the energy consumption of devices in real-time and control the use of devices remotely. Many models also have timing functions that allow you to set devices to turn on and off at specific times.

Pros
  • Easy to install and use without the help of an electrician
  • Enables the monitoring of the electricity consumption of individual devices
  • Remote control and timing functions
Cons
  • Does not provide consumption data covering the entire economy
  • Can be expensive, especially if you need multiple outlets
  • Possible compatibility issues with different devices
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Electricity meters

Modern electricity meters, such as smart meters, provide detailed information on the electricity consumption of the entire economy.

They can be connected to applications such as Fingrid Datahub or Wattsight, so you can easily monitor your consumption and compare different time periods.

With the help of smart meters, you can detect consumption peaks and find opportunities to save energy.

Pros
  • Provides accurate information on the electricity consumption of the entire economy
  • Enables consumption spikes to be detected and compared between different time periods
  • Compatible with many applications that monitor power consumption
Cons
  • Requires installation by an electrician
  • Does not provide detailed information on the power consumption of individual devices

Wireless electricity consumption meters

Wireless electricity consumption meters are convenient devices that measure electricity consumption in real time without the need to install a separate meter in each outlet.

These devices are connected directly to the power station, and with them you can easily monitor the energy consumption of the entire home.

Wireless electricity consumption meters are an excellent solution if you want to monitor your general electricity consumption and find ways to save energy.

Pros
  • Easy to install and use
  • Provides real-time information on the electricity consumption of the entire home
  • No need for separate meters for each outlet
Cons
  • Does not provide detailed information on the power consumption of individual devices
  • Requires a connection to the home's electrical center, which may require the help of an electrician
  • Can be an expensive investment at first

How to choose the right app and device

Is the device necessary?For example, do you want to manage and optimize the energy consumption of individual devices, or is it more important for you to get an overview of the electricity consumption of the entire economy? This will help you choose the app and device that best suits your goals.
🔍 Compare features and compatibilityGet to know the features of different applications and devices and compare them according to your own needs and preferences. Think about which features are important to you, such as real-time monitoring, smart device management or electricity market monitoring. Also check that the application or device you choose is compatible with the devices and systems in your home.
💶 BudgetConsider the acquisition and operating costs of applications and devices. While some apps may be free, the equipment involved in using them can be expensive.
🛠️ Ease of use and supportChoose an app or device that is easy to set up and easy to use. Also check whether instructions and support for using the device and problem situations are available from the manufacturer.
Reviews and recommendationsRead other users' experiences and reviews about the apps and devices you choose. This way you get valuable information about their functionality, reliability and user-friendliness.

Summary

Monitoring electricity consumption is an important part of energy saving and environmental protection. By tracking your consumption, you can find potential home energy hogs and make changes to your consumption habits.

By combining effective electricity consumption monitoring and the right electricity contract, you can achieve significant savings in energy costs.

Remember that monitoring electricity consumption and saving energy are continuous processes. It is important to keep up to date with new technologies and developments so that you can make even better choices in your home's energy management.

FAQ

What areas does electricity consumption consist of?

  1. Home heating type: Suurin yksittäinen osa sähkönkulutuksessa on asunnon lämmitysmuoto. Etenkin omakotitaloissa ja rivitaloissa käytetään usein suoraa sähkölämmitystä. Sähkölämmitteisen omakotitalon normaali 20 000 kWh / vuosittainen sähkönkulutus voi kustantaa jopa 2000 – 3000 € enemmän, jos vertauskohtana on maalämpö.
  2. Size of the household: The more people live in the household, the higher the electricity consumption. In a family of four, more food is prepared, laundry is done more often, and so on. However, the difference in one- and two-person households is not significant.
  3. Home appliances: If you live in a small apartment building, most of the electricity consumption comes from household appliances. Refrigeration equipment in particular (fridge/freezer) can produce up to more than 30% of the consumption of a small economy.
  4. Sauna: In an electric sauna, 50% of the energy goes to preheating the sauna, and the other half when you spend the time in sauna. An average 1.5-hour sauna session consumes about 8kWh of electricity (approx. €1.6 at a price of 20 cents per kWh). A Saturday sauna can therefore easily cost up to 1.6 euros/time. In 2011, the same reading was around €1.00. If you go to the sauna several times a week, it is significantly reflected in the electricity bill.

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