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Wemo® Insight Smart Plug, F7C029 power usage feature

Updated:  September 25, 2019

The Wemo® Insight Smart Plug, F7C029 is more than just a smart switch.  The word Insight in the name indicates it gives you insight on how your appliances use power.  With the Wemo Insight, you can monitor energy consumption right from your phone or tablet.  This Smart Plug provides real-time reports on how much energy your devices are consuming while also providing an estimate on how much money it cost to run.

In this article, the different options available for monitoring power consumption using your Wemo Insight will be covered.  

 
Real Time Statistics
 
The Wemo Insight offers real-time power monitoring statistics.  You can view these by tapping on the green arrow next to your Wemo Insight from the Devices list.  After tapping on the arrow the Wemo Insight’s device drawer will open, revealing the current statistics for that Wemo.  To close this list, simply tap on the green arrow again.

 
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Wemo Insight power status indicators
On the top of the device tile are the power indicators for the Wemo Insight.  The power button will light up green to indicate the Wemo Insight is turned ON, or will be gray to indicate it is turned OFF.

Connected device power status indicator
The Wemo Insight has a power status indicator beside the power button that indicates the status of your plugged device.   The status of this light is based on how much power the device plugged into your Wemo Insight is using at that moment as well as the power sensing threshold you have set for this Wemo Insight.  A device using more power than the sensing threshold is considered ON by the Wemo Insight whereas a device using less power than the sensing threshold is considered OFF.  For more information on the power sensing threshold, click
here.
  

Green dot
This indicates that the Wemo Insight is turned ON and the device plugged into it is using more power than the threshold level set for this Wemo Insight.
 
Yellow dot
This indicates that the Wemo Insight is turned ON and the device plugged into it is either in standby mode or using less power than the threshold level set for this Insight.  

Gray dot
This indicates that the Wemo Insight is turned OFF.
 
Time Statistics
The Wemo Insight tracks how long devices plugged into the Wemo Insight have been turned ON and drawing power.  This section displays the most recent time data.  If you would like more information, the Wemo Insight gives you the ability to schedule reports to be sent to you via email.  Click
here for more information.

On now for / Last on for
This will show the most recent time statistics for the device plugged into the Wemo Insight.
  • On now for will show that the device plugged into the Wemo Insight is currently using power and for how long it has been doing so.
  • Last on for shows how long the device plugged into the Wemo Insight used power the last time it was ON.

On / Off / Standby since
This keeps track of the latest status of the Wemo.
  • Since indicates when the device connected to the Wemo Insight began drawing power.
  • Off since indicates when the Wemo Insight was last turned OFF.
  • Standby since indicates when the Wemo Insight entered Standby mode.
Today
This shows how long the device connected to the Wemo Insight has been using power for the current day.
 
On Avg day

This shows how long the device connected to the Wemo Insight is using power on average over all the days that the Wemo Insight has been in use.
 
Cost Statistics
The Wemo Insight can show a cost estimate for the power being used by the device plugged into it.  The currency and kWh cost can be customized to what your power company charges.  For more information on changing this value, click
here.

Estimated monthly
This will show a monthly estimated cost of the power used by the device plugged into this Wemo.  This is just an estimate based on the power cost that you can manually set.
 
Today

This estimates the cost of the power used by the device plugged into the Wemo Insight for the current day is.  The cost is based on the value that you manually entered.

Current Power Draw
The last section shows the current power draw of the device plugged into the Wemo Insight.  This is presented in watts and shows only the current draw, not cumulative.

Avg. when on
This shows the average power draw of the device plugged into the Wemo Insight based on past usage.

 
Now

This will show what the current power draw is by the device plugged into the Wemo.

 

 
Usage Reports
 
Besides real-time monitoring, the Wemo Insight stores historical usage data internally on the device for the past 30 days.  This data can be set to send to you via email at a duration of your choosing.  It will come in a spreadsheet format for easier reading.  

To set this up, you will need to tap on the Pencil icon in the upper right corner and then tap on the Wemo Insight you wish to have data sent for.

 
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On the Edit Device screen of the Wemo Insight, tap on Data Export.
 
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Here you can enter the email address you wish the data to be sent to.  The slider is used to turn the Data Export feature ON and OFF.
 
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Tap on the Interval option to set how often you would like to have the data exported.
 
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The Data Export interval options are the following:
  • Daily will send the data at the end of each day.
  • Weekly will send a report once a week for the previous week.
  • Monthly will send a report at the end of each month. 

IMPORTANT:  This data is on your Wemo device directly.  If you erase the stored data or perform a factory reset on your Wemo, this data will be lost.
 

 
Power Sensing Settings
 
The On/Standby Threshold option takes advantage of the power sensing features of the Wemo Insight.  This option allows you to set a power threshold for your Wemo Insight to report that the device plugged into it is ON and using power or in standby mode and drawing little to no power. 

The value you set here is the threshold at which the device you have plugged into the Wemo Insight will be considered ON or in standby mode.  If the device plugged into your Wemo Insight exceeds the power value set as the threshold, the Wemo Insight will report itself in ON mode.  If the device is using less power than the threshold, it will report as in Standby mode.

The threshold value is important for setting power monitoring and Auto-off Timer rules. 
  • For power monitoring, if the threshold is too high or too low this will provide incorrect readings as to when the device that is plugged into the Wemo is running (ON) or idle (Standby).
  • Auto-off Timer rules rely on the Wemo Insight being powered ON and not in Standby mode.  When the Wemo Insight enters Standby mode, it considers the device connected to it as OFF and the Auto-off Timer will stop counting down.  Once the device plugged back into the Wemo Insight draws more power than the threshold, the Wemo Insight sets its status to ON and restarts the Auto-Off Timer countdown.
 

 
Power Cost

The Wemo Insight allows you to set the cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to the cost outlined by your local electric company as well as the currency type for your area.  A kilowatt-hour is equal to 1,000 watts of electricity consumed.  This value tracks how much your electric company charges you per 1,000 watts of electricity used by the device you have plugged into your Wemo.
 
Some electric companies charge on a tiered scale; meaning you are charged at different rates depending upon where your household lands on the scale.  An example of this would be:
  • $0.11 for the first 50kWh used
  • $0.13 for 51kWh to 100kWh used
  • $0.15 for 101kWh and above used
The Wemo Insight does not calculate on the usage cost on a tiered scale such as this.  Due to this, we recommend using the cost calculation as an estimation tool only when calculating the cost.  Any per kWh cost you set here will apply to all Wemo Insight devices you own.
 


Notifications

The Wemo Insight can send out usage alerts to let you know when the Wemo Insight is On, Off (standby) or when the power has been On for a duration of your choice.   Click here for more information.


Related Articles:

Meet the Wemo® Insight Smart Plug, F7C029
Getting to know the Wemo rules
Setting up the Usage Alerts rule on the Wemo® Insight Smart Plug, F7C029

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