Electricity, water, and natural gas consumption of a residential house in Canada from 2012 to 2014

Today my latest journal paper was published in Nature's Scientific Data. Titled Electricity, water, and natural gas consumption of a residential house in Canada from 2012 to 2014 it discusses the release of AMPds v2. Thanks to my co-authors Bradley Ellert, Ivan V. Bajic, and Fred Popowich for all their contributions and feedback. Here is the paper … Continue reading Electricity, water, and natural gas consumption of a residential house in Canada from 2012 to 2014

Testing Version 2 of the RS-485 Shield

Yesterday I received the new PCBs for Fritzing for a RS-485 Shield that will work withe Arduino Due and Maple. This shield has headers to either plug in and XBee module or Electric Imp breakout board for wireless communications. I have tested the Rs-485 communications and all is working well. Next, I will test XBee and … Continue reading Testing Version 2 of the RS-485 Shield

A Smarter Smart Home: Case Studies of Ambient Intelligence

This week I learnt that I (and co-author Lyn Bartram and Fred Popowich) will have a paper appearing in a future issue of IEEE Pervasive Computing (vol 12, no 1). Here is the paper abstract: Research has shown that small changes in behaviour in how we use our homes can result in substantial energy and water savings. Home automation and the integration … Continue reading A Smarter Smart Home: Case Studies of Ambient Intelligence

New Consumption Report

So I have finally had a chance to update the My Smart Home: Consumption Report to reflect readings from the new DENT  PowerScout 18 meters and a new database design. Checkout: http://makonin.com/report_consumption.html. Related articles Branch Circuit Power Metering (eco-sustain.org)

Branch Circuit Power Metering

Over the weekend I was busy replacing my 2 INO6200 meters with 2 DENT PowerScout 18 branch circuit power meters (BCPM). Instead on only monitoring 2 circuits (the main house and the heat pump), I can now monitor 24 different circuits! I will post a link to a real-time consumption report soon. I am having … Continue reading Branch Circuit Power Metering

Arduino RTC Shield Schematic

I have now posted information on the Arduino Power Meter Reader (APMR) project page on how I created the Arduino RTC (Real Time Clock) Shield I used. Related articles Arduino RFID shield on the Cloud (electronics-lab.com) Chrono-tomic shield helps your Arduino keep perfect time (hackaday.com) Review: Environmental Monitoring With Arduino (wired.com) Adafruit data logger, in … Continue reading Arduino RTC Shield Schematic

Arduino RS485 Shield Schematic

Well I have been too busy with course work 😦   ...but I  found some time to post up the schematic for the Arduino RS485 Shield I used for my Arduino Power Meter Reader (APMR) project. Related articles Arduino (For beginners) (circuitstoday.com) Arduino weather-station to Internet bridge (hackaday.com) My first arduino shield project: "Wave Shield" (adafruit.com) … Continue reading Arduino RS485 Shield Schematic