EnergySaver allows for multiple types of tasks to automate Energy Socket switching behaviour. These tasks can help you save and control your energy usage. In this article you will read about the different tasks that can be set for the Energy Socket and tasks that can be combined for more advanced behaviour.
Go to Settings > EnergySaver > New task
Here you can set a type of task for your Energy Socket
Timer Task: Easily set timers for your socket to switch automatically. Select a specific time, sunrise or sunset and preferred deviation. Such as 30 minutes before sunset. Additionally you can also set on which days the task is active. You can add multiple timer tasks per socket.
Solar Task: Want to charge your bike, heat your kitchen boiler or switch a device on solar power? The Energy app makes it possible to switch a socket based on the current power delivered back to the grid. You can select the solar surplus power threshold value, and the minimum on time in minutes for the device. The socket will turn on when more than the set threshold excess solar (mains connection) is available. It will stay on for the minimum on time and then turn off when less is available. This functionality requires a P1 Meter, an Energy Socket and the Energy+ subscription.
Measurement task: It is possible to automatically switch your Energy Socket based on its own power measurement, or the power measurement of other meters such as a the P1 Meter, kWh Meter or another Energy Socket.
The measurement task allows you to set which device value to monitor and which socket should switch based on if it drops below or rises above set value for a selectable time in minutes. Optionally you can set specific times and days for the task to be active. You can combine this task with other tasks or create multiple per Energy Socket.This functionality requires an Energy Socket and the Energy+ subscription.
Examples on how to use EnergySaver
There are many options and use cases with combining the powerful tasks in Energy Saver. They help you use your own solar power, decrease costs and improve the climate. Read some of our examples below, or create your own smart Energy saver.
Turn off unnecessary devices at night
Use the Energy Socket with a timer task to turn off appliances at night that do not need to be left on while you sleep.
Charge your e-Bike on solar power and make sure it's ready on specific days.
Enable solar task for the socket on the E-bike. And set a timer for the nights before you want to use the bike to make sure its fully charged when you need it. This way you can prioritise solar charging for your bike and make sure its full when you need it.
Increase e-Bike battery lifetime
Create a measurement task that switches off the socket just below the bikes maximum charging power level. When the bike starts ''trickle charging'' at about 80% it will lower the charging power. You can use this moment to disable it from charging higher than 80%, increasing the battery lifespan so you can enjoy your battery longer. You can also use a timer to only charge for the weekend if you don't use your bike during weekdays or vice versa.
Create a measurement task that monitors TV power usage to drop below a certain value to switch the socket off between 22:00 and 6:00. This allows you to kill the standby power of the TV and other devices when they are not being used over night. Additionally you can also create a timer task to conveniently and automatically turn them on again the next day before you need it.
Lower peak usage
Create a measurement task that switches off certain devices when the power draw in the home is too high. For example turn devices off when the power usage of a P1 Meter is higher than 3500W for 5 minutes. Especially in Belgium where there are additional costs for peak usage this can help you save on costs. You can also automatically turn them on again when enough power is available with an additional measurement task.
Heat a kitchen boiler on solar power
Enable solar task for the socket on the kitchen boiler. And use timers for the times you need hot water to make sure it is ready when you need it and off when it is not needed, such as during the night. This way you can prioritise solar heating for your water and consume less energy.