Since Google shut down it’s PowerMeter service I was on the look out for a replacement.
It runs as a service under Windows and there is a Python application for Linux. Once hooked up to the Current Cost, you can access the Meniscus Dashboard from any web browser running Microsoft Silverlight
There are various graphs available, such as:
- Daily cost
- Daily savings – when you have set a target energy use
- Carbon equivalent
- Seasonal Average use
It also captures the room temperature that is displayed on the Current Cost so you can monitor how the temperature in your house fluctuates over time
It also has the ability to download historical data that is stored in the Current Cost unit, which is useful if you have had it running for a while before connecting it to Meniscus, or if your computer crashes and you have gaps in your graphs.
There’s a video showing some of the dashboard functionality on YouTube
It’s definitely a suitable replacement for the Google Service. In fact I would say it’s actually better that what Google had.