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Wireless Plug Load
Meters

Low-cost, automated data collection in a small form factor

Introduction

The AC meters (ACme) used in this study were developed by UC Berkeley as part of the Green Soda Project, and these devices have been updated for use in our study. The ACme devices form a Internet Protocol (IP) based wireless mesh network and report data over the Internet to a database.

Specifications

We are currently testing a batch of devices to develop complete performance specifications.

Plug-in device plugged into ACme meter (black box), ready to be plugged into:
surge protector, extension cord, or directly into wall.

Safety

The meters being used have been approved for electrical safety by EH&S for use at LBNL. EH&S tested the devices in the following ways:

Energy Costs

Participating homeowners may see their electricity usage increase by approximately $4 a month as a result of the ACmes. However, savings opportunities identified by researchers over the course of the study could result in savings of more than $24 if the homeowner chooses to adopt the researchers' recommendations.

The ACmes are not available for sale, but the design and software are available from UC Berkeley.