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How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

It’s really easy but here are some troubleshooting tips in case it doesn’t work

So I recently bought an Amazon Echo and a Belkin WeMo switch and I heard that the two could be used together. After playing around with the two devices for a bit, I managed to figure out how to control my WeMo switch by talking to Alexa on the Echo.

The great thing about using a WeMo switch with the Echo is that it works without requiring you to install a third-party skill on the Echo or buying a hub. The three WeMo devices that work directly with Alexa are the WeMo Light Switch, WeMo Switch and WeMo Insight Switch.

Overall, it’s really easy getting everything setup, but I’ll also mention some troubleshooting tips in case it doesn’t work on the first try.

Configure WeMo Switch

The first thing you’re going to want to do is connect your WeMo Switch to your WiFi network and make sure it is showing up in the WeMo app. You should be able to turn it on and off using the virtual power button at the far right.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

If you tap on the little down arrow, it should expand to show you some power usage stats (only for the WeMo Insight switch).

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

Now there are two things we have to do inside the WeMo app before we can get it connected to Alexa. Firstly, you should rename your switch to something other than the default name. Whatever name you give it here is what you’ll have to call it when you talk to Alexa. So if you name the switch, Fridge, you’ll be able to say “Alexa, turn off the fridge” and it will comply. To do this, tap on the Edit button at the top and then tap on the switch you want to rename.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

If you use numbers in the name, make sure to spell out the number instead of using the numerical value. Tap Save and the switch should now have a new name. The second thing we have to do is enable remote access. To do this, tap on More located at the bottom of the app.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

You will see an option called Remote Access. By default, it will show Not Enabled. Go ahead and tap on it and then tap on Enable Remote Access. This will not only allow you to control the switch from anywhere in the world, but it will also allow Alexa to control the switch.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

You should get a message stating that remote access has been enabled and you can control the switch from anywhere that you have Internet access.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

Discover Devices using Alexa

Once we have done those two things in the WeMo app, we can now move over to the Alexa app. Open the app, tap on the three horizontal lines at the top left and then tap on Smart Home.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

This screen is broken down into three sections: groups, skills and devices. Groups allow you to control multiple devices with one command. For example, if you have three WeMo switches, you can create a group called Bedroom Lights and then simply say “Alexa, turn off the bedroom lights.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

Under Smart Home Skills, you can enable skills for products from different companies. Above, you can see I have enabled the TP-LINK Kasa skill because I have a TP-LINK switch. Finally, under Your Devices, you can add new devices by tapping on Discover devices.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

Alexa will now start looking for devices, which should take less than a minute. Once the search is complete, you should see the device listed under Your Devices.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

That’s pretty much it! You’re now good to go. You should be able to reference the switch by its name when talking to Alexa. Just say “Alexa, turn off/on switchname.” If all goes well, Alexa will just say OK and that’s it. You can manually go check in the WeMo app and you should see the switch state has been changed.

If you run into issues along the way, there are a couple of things you can do:

  1. Make sure your Amazon Echo has the latest firmware installed. You can do this by making sure it’s connected to WiFi and turned on. The Echo will check automatically and update itself if an update is available.
  2. Make sure the WeMo switch has the latest firmware installed. When you open the WeMo app, it will notify you of any firmware upgrades and you can do it from within the app.
  3. If Alexa can’t find your WeMo device, make sure the Echo is connected to the 2.4 GHz WiFi network, if you have a dual-band router. The WeMo units only connect to 2.4 GHz, so if your Echo is on the 5 GHZ network, it could cause issues.

Hopefully, this guide will get you up and running with Alexa and WeMo for a more fun smart home. Unfortunately, Belkin has said the WeMo devices will not support HomeKit, so controlling your lights from Siri won’t happen anytime soon. For me, Alexa can do a lot more than just control smart home devices, so if you already have an Echo, it might be worth buying WeMo switches since they work well together. If you have any questions, feel free to comment. Enjoy!

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Last updated on April 5th, 2021 at 12:09 am

Fun fact—approximately only 20% of this nation consists of parents, even fewer with young kids, so what kind of blogger would I be to exclude the other 80% from my contests? The last two days had a strong family focus with the cloud b and Pampers prize packs up for grabs, so I thought it nigh time to switch gears with some other goods!

Through 2015, I slowly found myself entering the world of tech blogging. There’s still more than enough that makes me drool at the thought of owning them—the GoPro Hero 4 Black; the Canon EF f/4L 11-24 mm lens… heck, even as a responsible adult, I probably won’t be satisfied until I get a Vitamix G-Series 780 to make my food and a Miele Complete C3 PowerPlus vacuum to clean my messes up—being a technophile is a constant struggle to optimize your world, and today’s prizes are right in line with the dream of living a life as sleek as possible!

Our ancestors would likely be dumbfounded by the sheer number of things we can do at the press of a button in 2015! We can watch our homes through portable screens that never leave our sides, telling intruders exactly where they can go via two-way communication. The computers that filled office floors; music recorded in expansive studios filled with instruments; and the encyclopedic volumes that once required dedicated bookshelf space to give us information at our fingertips—we carry all of this in our pockets without a second thought, constantly pushing the envelope on things we can do to improve our lives!

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Today’s prizes include the Belkin WeMo Insight Switch and the Linksys N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender, a couple of items just about anyone can use to make their homes just that much better.

The Linksys N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender: Your Solution to the Problem of Endlessly Buffering YouTube Videos?

Though living space in my city is most definitely at a premium, I know that doesn’t speak for the rest of the nation.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

If you have a large enough house or live somewhere where your Wi-Fi signal’s reduced with too many walls and obstacles getting in its way, you’d be happy to win the Linksys N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender! Capable of extending Wi-Fi coverage up to 5000 square feet, it’s compatible with any wireless router, and will help solve the trouble with those pesky basement setups that don’t quite reach to the rest of the house!

The Belkin WeMo Insight Switch—Because Outlandish Hydro Bills Haven’t Gotten Any Cooler.

The second item is Belkin’s WeMo Insight Switch, a modern answer to the timers we’ve used to manage our Christmas lights for who knows how long. But the WeMo Insight Switch does a heckuva lot more than just tell your electronics when to turn on and off—it monitors energy consumption and cost; can send you notifications on status changes and usage; and best of all… you can control it all through your smartphone from almost anywhere long as you have an Internet connection! The possibilities are endless—kids watching too much TV? Shut it down. Convinced that one machine is running your bill too high each month? Measure it over time to make sure! Belkin’s WeMo Insight Switch is deceptively simple, but can give you control in ways you may have never thought possible!

Life is for Living—Don’t Waste it Overcomplicating Things with Outdated Solutions!

Why do things the old way when you can do so much better? I remember when I bought my first printer in a decade, stunned by how much it could do when I took it out of the box. The world’s given us no end of ways to make our lives easier in 2015—the first step is knowing the problems we need to solve.

The second? Knowing that out there somewhere is the tech you need you need to solve it.

Good luck to all who enter, and I’ll catch you on Day 5!

Have you entered all the posts in A Case Cringle Christmas.

Disclaimer: Both Linksys and Belkin were gracious enough to contribute to A Case Cringle Christmas, helping me celebrate the holidays with my readers through swag they might not normally have access to!

You can learn more about Belkin on their site, or through their social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest. Same with Linksys who has their site, and their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts to boot!

If you need me, I’ve got a whole house of things yet to improve! You can catch me on my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts!

I’m an adult man who’s experienced his fair share of technology, but still get giddy as a school boy over wirelessly connected devices. Growing up it was RC cars and walkie talkies and now it’s Bluetooth and WiFi connected anything. So needless to say when I learned that Belkin and LIFX made WiFi connected products that would allow me to update my studio apartment easily and cheaply I shivered in delight.

Belkin’s WeMo Insight Switch

My initial plan was to use Belkin’s WeMo Insight Switch to control my window AC unit, but at the time completely forgot that the device plugged into it would have to be in the on position (similar to using The Clapper back in the day). This eliminated the AC unit for me, along with any device, such as the TV, where I would still have to power it on by hand or with a remote. No worries, my one and only lamp would work fine.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

Setup was a breeze: plug the switch into the wall and the device (my lamp) into the switch. The rest all takes place on your iPhone once you’ve easily downloaded Belkin’s app. The app gives you full control over your switch(es) allowing you to monitor energy usage and set a timer for them to power on and off. Mine comes on around sunset and shuts off at 10:30pm which I use as a kick to jolt me out of my Netfliz daze. A great device for when you leave town with the timer options as well as the ability to control from anywhere.

LIFX Smartbulb

Having taken care of my outlet I got a couple LIFX Smartbulbs for the bathroom and kitchen (again, it’s a studio apartment). The install was nearly identical to the Belkin switch: install, power on, and get the app. The app walks you through connecting to your network and you’re ready to begin playing, and play I did.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

With my apartment bathed in darkness I put on some Rolling Stones, set both bulbs on the lava lamp setting and sat down on the couch. As the bulbs cycled through the 16 million color options I just sat there laughing and laughing at the absurdity. The absurdity of what it must look like to the buildings across the way and the absurdity of why I actually need this feature, or even to control all my lights from my phone for that matter. I must have spent 30 minutes playing with all the colors, making them strobe and finding the perfect shade of white for when I needed just light bulb. I love these bulbs. I laugh and laugh every time I play with the colors, like a child having keys dangled in front of them.

For about $250 I was able to completely automate all the lights in my apartment, make them all more energy efficient and have a lot of fun with some colorful options. Fire up your Bluetooth connected speakers and you’re in for many relaxing nights ahead.

There are lots of cool innovations taking place around turning your home into a more productive and automated environment. This, in turn, is helping you save money and be more productive at home. As an example, take a look at the new WeMo switch by Belkin.

Control Anything that Plugs-In
With a $50 special plug adapter, you can now control home electronics and appliances from wherever you are. The WeMo plug allows you to control power flow, via your mobile device, so whatever is connected is at your finger tips and in your control no matter where you are. Anything in your home that you plug into an outlet can be controlled via the app, as well as put on an automated schedule. You can turn the lamp off from another room, turn on your air conditioner from work and start the coffee maker while waking up in bed.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

WeMo Plug Controlled by a Mobile App

Automating Your Home
What a simple, yet amazing way to save time, frustration and energy. Left the curling iron on? No worries. Kids always leave the TV on? Automate that it shuts off after bedtime. Want to lower your electric bill? Cool down your house before you get home without having the air conditioning on all day, by turning it on during your drive or walk home.

Remember this infomercial slogan: clap on, clap off… the clapper. With The Clapper, you could turn the lights on an off by clapping your hands–what an innovation! WeMo knocks it out of the park with their motion sensor accessory. WeMo describes on their website best:

A great way to use the WeMo Switch is to trigger it with motion. Just place the WeMo Motion sensor wherever you like, connect it to a WeMo Switch controlling a light, and that light goes on whenever you pass by. With WeMo Motion, appliances wake up and perform their tasks when you get near them, and go to sleep when you leave. Just like they should!

Last, but not least, it syncs with IFFT. If you read this post, you know we are huge IFFT fans. The fact that WeMo syncs with IFFT kinda blows our mind.

The Future of Home Hacking
This is just the beginning. So many developments are coming in terms of home efficiency. Think solar windows, capturing the light coming through during the day to power your TV at night. And even windows that clean themselves. Think robot friend that fetches you a beer from the fridge. Think your appliances communicating over a wireless network, . Think toilets that reuse and recycle, storing usable energy every time you go to the bathroom (I know, a little TMI with that one).

When your home is smart, automated and productive, you are freed up to think about, focus on and do more important things. Right now, most of these technologies are in their early stages, so they are not exactly cheap. (The WeMo plugs are $50 a piece and a motion sensor will put you out $100. Outfitting all your plugs will cost you a pretty penny.) However, as we have witnessed with computers and smartphones, you can expect price to go down and performance go up year over year.

Coming soon: Your home, a saver of your time and money.

Very soon, I don’t think there will be any consumer electronics device on the market that isn’t connected to the Internet.
– Jochen Eickholt, Siemens

This feature is included only in builds: tasmota and tasmota-sensors

To use in other builds you must compile your own build. Add the following to user_config_override.h :

EMUL_NONE = disables emulation
EMUL_WEMO = enables Belking WeMo emulation
EMUL_HUE = enables Hue Bridge emulation

Connecting to Alexa

You can interact with Tasmota using Amazon Alexa through its Echo devices .

In Configuration – Configure Other page in the webUI select emulation type.

Alexa Hue integration requires a physical Alexa device. The app alone is not enough.

Check your router settings. You have to enable IGMP

Belkin WeMo Emulation

Use Belkin WeMo for devices with a single relay or Hue Bridge for devices with one or more relays or for lights. Tasmota devices will be discovered by the Alexa app.

You do not need to install the Wemo app or enable the Wemo skill in Alexa. Just tell Alexa to discover devices of the appropriate type (plug, switch, etc.) and when it asks what brand device, scroll to the end and choose “Other”.

Hue Bridge Emulation

For control of lights, color control (introduced in version 6.5.0.9), on/off, and dimming is supported. Enable Hue Bridge emulation and perform a device discovery in the Alexa app. No skill needs to be added to Alexa. Select Hue Bridge V1 as the device type.

Relays and lights with friendly names beginning with a dollar sign ( $ ) will cause Tasmota to not “announce” them (i.e., be hidden) to Alexa. If they were previously discovered, they will still continue to work. As there are only four friendly names provided in Tasmota, if FriendlyName4 begins with $ , component 4 and all higher numbered discoverable components will not be discovered by Alexa.

Hue Bridge emulation does not support sensors.

Our foyer chandelier has three switches that control it. I want to control it with a Belkin WeMo light switch, which specifically states is not compatible with 3-way switches/fixtures, sadly. Well, if I can’t convert one of the three switches to be a Belkin WeMo light switch and keep the other two switches working, I’d like to just convert one of the switches to be a WeMo light switch as a single pole, such that the other two switches would simply be left in their on positions.

In my case, the light switch I want to convert/replace has four wires. Two black wires. Two white wires. There appears to be a couple loops of bare copper wire inside the metal box, but currently it does not appear to be connected to the existing switch in any way.

The new Belkin WeMo light switch has four wires of its own. Two black (labeled switch, one with a lightbulb icon, the other with a lightning bolt icon), one white (labeled neutral, with a zero icon), and one green (labeled ground, with the standard icon for ground).

So how might I go about figuring out what wires on the WeMo light switch to connect to what wires currently connected to the existing 3-way switch to pull off this functionality?

Any tricks/hacks that might help me keep the functionality of at least one of the two other three-way switches and have the third WeMo light switch altogether? I do wish Belkin would just come out with a 3-way version already, but until that happens, I guess I’m stuck taking this route if I want the WeMo capabilities (and I do).

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SHORT ANSWER

You can’t convert the WeMo switch to replace a three way. You can add it to a three way circuit to turn lights on and off if and only if the three ways were first set to leave the light on. When you turn off the WeMo (at home or remotely), the lights will go off. When you turn on the WeMo (at home or remotely) the lights will go on. But, if the lights are already off because the three ways were used to turn them off, the WeMo will not turn them on.

LONG STORY

The WeMo light switch is a simple on and off switch (as far as your electrical system is concerned; yes, I know it does more). It allows a circuit to be on or off, based on whether that switch is on or off, period.

A three way switch also turns a circuit on or off. The difference is a three way switch is one of a pair. Each switch changes the state that the other switch has created. For the switch closest to the power supply (A), current comes into the switch on one side (on the common terminal) and leaves the switch on one of the two terminals on the other side (the travelers), depending on which direction the switch is thrown.

On the second three way switch (B), closer to the light or other device, the power comes in on one of the two travelers and leaves the switch via the common if and only if the switch is thrown to the same traveler as switch A.

For three way switches, there is no on or off position. Rather there is traveler 1 and traveler 2 positions (not labeled that way but called that for illustration). The circuit is on when both switches are turned to the same traveler and off when they are turned to different travelers.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

The WeMo can be added to this circuit by placing it between the hot line and the common terminal on three way switch A or between the common terminal and the fixture on switch B.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

WeMo effectively interrupts or connects the power either before or after it goes through the three way setup. However, If it three way pair is off (the swithces are not turned to the same traveler), then the circuit will stay of, regardless of the WeMo setting.

Whether this works for you depends on whether you are willing to be sure to turn the three way setup to on before you leave and then control the system with the WeMo.

THE SETUP

The existing switch you are describing does not sound like a three way, but a four way. This is a switch used between two three ways to give an additional location to switch a circuit on and off. (The white wires are actually being used as hot lines and should have been marked with black tape or a black marker). This switch cannot be controlled by the WeMo. You need to find the one of the real three ways to make this work.

When you do, connect the wires as follows:

  1. WeMo GREEN wire to the BARE wires in the box.
  2. WeMo WHITE to WHITE wires in the box.

If you are placing the WeMo next to three way A (closer to line voltage):

  1. WeMo BLACK (Lightning bolt) to BLACK or RED power line currently attached to COMMON terminal on existing three way switch.
  2. WeMo BLACK (Light bulb) to COMMON terminal of existing three way switch.

If you are placing the WeMo next to three way B (closer to fixture):

  1. WeMo BLACK (Lightning bolt) to COMMON terminal of existing three way switch.
  2. WeMo BLACK (Light bulb) to BLACK or RED power line currently attached to COMMON terminal on existing three way switch.

REMEMBER, the three way setup has to be set so that the circuit is ON for the WeMo to be able to control it remotely. (The four way you have been looking at complicates the circuitry, but you can effectively ignore it; just make sure the overall circuit is ON before you leave; it doesn’t matter which switch you flip to turn it on.)

SUPPLEMENT

Based on the OP’s comment, he or she is willing to lose the 3/4-way functionality and install the WeMo only to control the fixture. That cannot be done by replacing the 4-way switch described because there is no neutral in that box.

The WeMo could be swapped for one of the three ways if there is a neutral in the three way box.

If you are replacing 3-way A, attach the black lightning wire to the black (or red) hot from the line. Attach the black lamp wire from the switch to the black traveler. Cap the white traveler. In the 4-way box, remove the switch and join the two black traveler wires. Cap the whites separately. Place a blank cover plate over the box. In switch box B (closest to fixture) remove the switch. Attach the black traveler wire to the fixture wire. Cap the white traveler wire.

If you are replacing 3-way B, follow the same steps, except in box A, the black traveler is attached to the hot line, and in Box B the black lightning wire is attached to the black traveler and the black lamp wire is attached to the fixture wire.

How to use the belkin wemo insight switch to monitor power usage

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Yesterday Belkin announced the end-of-life for its Wemo NetCam products which will discontinued a month from now, on May 29 2020.

Unlike many other end-of-life announcements which simply render products ineligible for support or upgrades, Belkin is literally pulling the plug on its Cloud service rendering its NetCam range of home security cameras as useless beige bricks.

There are a few aspects to this announcement which are shocking:

First, the timing. Given many users will have bought the cloud-enabled NetCam in order to keep track of second homes or summer properties over the internet, switching off the service in the middle of the global lockdown seems very poor timing.

Given the quarantine conditions in many countries that forbid travel to second homes, the switching off of the iSecurity+ video platform gives those property owners a difficult choice to make. Either leaving their property with no security system and zero surveillance capability, or breaking the quarantine orders in order to install new equipment.

While this timing was most likely motivated by Belkin aiming to bury bad news, it is likely to backfire if customers choose to sue over property damage or loss caused after the surveillance was taken down.

Secondly, the notice Belkin is offering users is appalling. Most firms have a view into the sunset plans of their products that are many years out.

For example, Microsoft have recently put Windows 7 out of support from January 14 2020. Microsoft ended mainstream support of the operating system in January 2015, and from March 2019 ensured that users who had not yet upgraded received notifications that the product would be out of support from January 2020.

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Not only was the life of Windows 7 longer than the Belkin NetCam product (11 years compared to 7 years), but also giving users 5 years notice went above and beyond in many customers’ eyes what a technology company needs to do in order to help its users transition. The 9 months of additional warning notice was also a welcome step. Microsoft understood that many users depended on Windows 7 and they needed time to migrate. Belkin would have done well to learned from this example.

Thirdly, the question of how Belkin are deliberately bricking their products needs to be called out. When the NetCam was released, users had the option to use the Wemo software (which was lousy) or connect to the cameras using ffmpeg with their favourite NVS platform or even with VLC or equivalent. However, in a firmware update a few years back – Belkin disabled this capability.

While workarounds do exist, such as the one published by Vladimir Sobolev in 2018, the whole premise of buying a Belkin product is for ease of use and simplicity. Belkin claim to design ‘people inspired products’. All customers of Belkin need to look carefully at these words and see how they match up with their deeds?

How many other Belkin products might be switched off on a whim? The criticism can be applied to cloud-enabled products as a whole, but in the main – vendors understand that to alienate customers by bricking their possessions is not a viable long term strategy to maintain trust.

I’ve written to Belkin for comment, and in particular to ask them to release a firmware upgrade to enable the ffmpeg capability once again. As an early adopter of smart home products my concern is that many other products that users like me have invested in are vulnerable to the same treatment Belkin have made. Should Belkin respond, I’ll post their comments in an update.

Forthcoming European legislation forcing technology companies to make their products easier to repair should go some way to address these concerns. Equally, potential changes to the Product Safety and Liability regime might also create obligations for companies to take a higher duty of care when issuing firmware upgrades that change the functionality of their products.

Despite owning two NetCam products since 2015 (which are clearly long out of warranty), I’ll be seeking a refund from Belkin – as paying £260 for 4 ½ years of video surveillance capability was a) not what I signed up for, and b) exceedingly poor value for money.

Given the product’s capability changed substantially during the time I owned it–I feel there is a pretty good case for users to demand their money back. Hopefully, the threat of this will be sufficient for Belkin to see sense, and re-enable the ffmpeg capability before their cloud system switches off.

Will Belkin ever be trusted again? Their actions in the next few weeks will be what determine this.

Belkin Conserve Insight review: A simple device for measuring the electricity consumption of electronic devices and appliances

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  • Very simple to use, calculates electricity running costs and carbon footprint, well made
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Bottom Line

The Belkin Conserve Insight offers an easy way to monitor the electricity usage of your assorted devices and appliances. It’s simple to use and it can let you know how much a particular device will cost you per month or per year, as well as letting you know its carbon footprint.

Would you buy this?

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Belkin’s Conserve range of products is designed to help you not only keep track of and minimise energy consumption. The range includes the Belkin Conserve Insight, which can monitor the amount of electricity consumed by devices in your home, as well as tell you how much of a carbon footprint they leave behind.

The Belkin Conserve Insight is a well-built and (some would say) stylish device consisting of a wall plug and a separate monochrome LCD unit. The main plug has a socket where you can connect the device that you want to monitor. It can be any 240V device or appliance that’s rated at up to 2400 Watts — anything from a toaster to an air-conditioning unit or a washing machine can be measured, as long as they are rated as consuming under 2400W of power. The electricity is measured as it flows through the Conserve Insight and to the device or appliance that’s connected, and the consumption is stated on the LCD unit in Watts.

The plug itself is large, but because it’s designed like a mushroom, it can be used on a standard two-socket outlet or a powerboard, even if the adjacent outlet is in use. However, it won’t fit if there is a powerbrick-style transformer or any other type of oversized plug in the adjacent outlet.

The monochrome LCD screen isn’t backlit, but it’s easy to read and it’s attached to a 1.5m cord. It has three buttons under its screen that can be used to change modes: carbon footprint (marked by a picture of Earth), running cost per month or year (marked by a dollar sign), and energy consumption in Watts (marked by a lightning bolt).

Belkin has set the values for the cost per kilowatt (17.35 cents per kilowatt at the time of writing), but this can be changed by holding down the dollar sign button until the units start flashing. You can effectively add up the cost of running all your appliances and electronic devices for a period of a month or a year.

It’s especially useful to see how much electricity consumer electronics consume when they are in standby mode — older devices such as VCRs and even some set-top boxes and PVRs can consume a couple of dollars per month, while appliances such as dishwashers can consume even more. Furthermore, you can use it to check if a battery charger stops consuming electricity after a charge has been completed.

When using the Conserve Insight to monitor the Watts used by a device, it’s important to keep an eye on the consumption periodically, as it can fluctuate quite a bit depending on the device you are measuring. For example, when charging a battery, the initial energy consumption may be lower than 10 or 20 minutes into the charge. We compared the results of the Insight to our more complicated Power Mate Energy Meter and found the Insight to be reliable in its readings.

There is a little box under the Watts readout that moves across the screen from left to right. The faster it moves, the more electricity you are consuming in a short period of time, and vice versa. In carbon footprint mode, it changes width.

The carbon footprint has been set at 900g per kilowatt hour, which is perhaps a little on the conservative side for coal, according to the Wikipedia article on carbon footprint, which has it at 955 grams. As with the cost of electricity, the carbon footprint value can be changed manually.

If you have even a passing interest in how much electricity your devices and appliances consume, as well as how much of a carbon footprint they leave behind, the Belkin Conserve Insight is a good investment. It can help you save money on your electricity bill in the long run, especially if you have a lot of computer and home entertainment gear, as you’ll be able to see at a glance how much electricity they consume not only when they are switched on, but also when they are in standby mode. Furthermore, it’s just fun to measure things! With the Belkin Conserve Insight, you you’ll want to record the energy consumption of anything and everything forever more.

Here are some helpful links with tips on energy conservation:

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Now more and more apps are starting to have ads. Especially for air quality monitoring and weather apps, there are still a lot of advertisements, dazzling, and enough.

Recently, I just used Cloud Insight, a system monitoring tool. The SDK provided by it can upload any data to them for display.

With an idea, as a programmer, there is nothing that can not be solved by doing it yourself.

pip install -i http://pypi.oneapm.com/simple –upgrade oneapm-ci-sdk
This is installed.

Simply use ipython to read the interface documentation. Gauge is the main interface for sending data. It seems that increment is also possible, but I don’t know what it is, it seems that the data types are different.

PM 2.5 API

First, you have to find a PM 2.5 API, and refer to this tutorial:Air Quality Widget – New Improved Feed. The information inside shows that the US Embassy in Beijing also uses the data here, which should be fairly accurate.

Note that in the tutorial, the address they requested is:

Request this address and you can get the data.

Speaking of this, many apps and websites in China are actually using itPM25.in. Many people use it, but the speed of sending emails is a bit slow. After registration, the emails to get the token have not been sent to me!

Connect to Cloud Insight

First introduceCloud Insight Well, it is a system monitoring tool that supports monitoring of Ubuntu, MySQL, and Docker. But they provide SDK to customize upload data, so let’s use it to accept PM 2.5 data.

They also provide an alarm function for any indicator, so you can also send an email to remind me by setting an alarm.

Cloud Insight SDK andStatsD The principle is very similar, the details of the SDK can beReference documents。

The source code is as follows:

First get the value through the API, and then pass stats.gauge Assign a value to the indicator and that’s it. Phew

Next is the internal use of the product.

Customize the dashboard to open an Air Quaility dashboard, select the data, and then you can see the real-time value of PM 2.5 in each city.

I want to know whether Beijing’s air quality is above the standard anytime and anywhere, but I don’t want to download a lot of air quality apps that advertise. Let me set up an alarm strategy by myself.

If it is greater than or equal to 100, even if it exceeds the standard. The setup is very simple.

You’re done, wait for the email reminder. By the way, let’s show off the Pebble watch bought by Kickstarter. Comfortable: Beijing air quality monitoring without advertising.

This article refers to a postpm25, caring for the boss, Rewritten after seeking the consent of the original author.