I ordered The Energy Detective (TED) Pro Home for a couple of reasons. One is that I am not sure my electrical coop here in central Texas is calculating my usage correctly. If you don’t have anything to show your usage you have no choice but to trust them and their meters. When they put in the Net Meter for my solar install they they tried to stick me for around $500 extra because they said the old removed meter was running slow and out of calibration. They could not tell me how long, how slow, or how many owners had that meter so they dropped the charge. The other reason is to effectively break down my usage and find the energy pigs allowing me to reduce usage.
Here is what you get:
One Measuring Transmitting Unit (MTU) with Power Cable
2 Current Transformers (CTs) 40 inches long
One Energy Control Center (ECC) with power cable
One Ethernet cable
I will have a non-standard install. I will be installing in my main breaker box located on a pole directly under my meter. I have 3 separate buildings and that is the only place they all come together. I am going to attach the CT’s to the cables going directly to the meter. The smallest circuit I have in that box is 100 amps and the Standard TED Pro Home will only allow you to hook up to a 40 amp or smaller circuit. I spoke with one of the engineers at The Energy Detective (TED) and he said I could do it but needed a fused MTU power cable. Luckily they can provide one.
I received the fused MTU cable as well, it is about 9 1/2 feet long and has fused red and blue wires in addition to the fused black and white wires. I pinned everything out with my multimeter and they are wired the same. I am just going to cut back and cap the red and blue wires.
I hope to get the install started next week, I have to do some work over in the shop first.