Water Usage Monitor
Posted 30 November 2015 - 09:04 PM
The system described works by attaching a magnetometer to the incoming water meter to detect the speed of rotation of the internal gubbins. Then using an Arduino and Pi to clean up the signal and display the real time flow rate. It seems a nice little project with the downside of having to send a signal from the meter to the house (in this case via a 50ft cable).
It occurs to me that this is one of the few things I haven't considered monitoring on the new build and I wonder if I should. It also seems that I should be able to mount something on the incomer as it enters the house to give the flow signal rather than have to send signals the length of the garden.
Any one tried this ? Any thoughts on configuration and construction ?
Posted 30 November 2015 - 10:54 PM
You've been quite,missed your beardy face the last few days old fruit
Posted 30 November 2015 - 11:13 PM
Posted 30 November 2015 - 11:18 PM
I am just re-writing the scripts that collect my energy data so I can access it anywhere and have a reliable backup.
I hate programming, it just gives me a headache.
Posted 01 December 2015 - 08:30 AM
I'm with Steamy on the data collection. I'm currently intending to monitor temperature, humidity and power consumption/generation at multiple points in the building. I had not considered being able to monitor real time water usage but for the sake of an extra £25 on the plumbing bill it seems like a useful thing to add.
I am not sure what I will use the data for but (for instance) water usage may be a good proxy for building occupancy on a day by day basis. If the building is not occupied it may be possible to reduce the power consumption of the treatment plant. I'm sure other variants will emerge over time.
Posted 01 December 2015 - 08:45 AM
Then not only do you log the amount you use you also know your hot/cold usage.
It is interesting about 'what to do with the data'. I often wonder this as I have about a GB of it.
One use would be to let a local college/university have access to it for projects.
Another would be to sell the design or data to an energy company of some sort.
I am currently playing about with getting my logged data sent directly to a bit of 'the cloud', just trying to get the security side of it sorted out, I hate programming.
Posted 01 December 2015 - 08:48 AM
Edited by DavidFrancis, 01 December 2015 - 09:00 AM.
Posted 01 December 2015 - 12:32 PM
That is useful to some people
Posted 01 December 2015 - 01:17 PM