Humm Energy Monitor Set Up – Part 5 – Data Visualisation

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After my disastrous attempt to upload data under Ubuntu, I found a Windows laptop to upload my energy usage data.

The good news is that Sam from Humm is actively working on making the Adobe Air upload application work under Linux. So, how does the process of uploading your data to the service work?

All in one

All in one

The Application is a real “one click” experience. It autodetects your SD card, sees which files are there, and sends them straight to the server after you click the button.

Here we go...

Here we go...

So, after waiting a few hours for the data to process – what do the graphs look like.

Monthly Electricity Usage

Monthly Electricity Usage (click for bigger)

Well, they’re a little underwhelming and a bit of a mess. Now, in fairness, I’ve only uploaded a few weeks’ of data – no doubt the graphs will be richer when I’ve uploaded more data. This is a beta service and it’s clear that there are a lot of improvements being made.

Weekly Comparison (Click for bigger)

Weekly Comparison (Click for bigger)

Annoyingly, you can’t compare two different Plug Bugs – so I’ve no way of knowing if my computer is more energy efficient than my laptop.

There doesn’t seem to be a way to go into historic data

There’s no graph to show my gas usage. I’ve questioned the wisdom of a gas monitor – it only looks at hot water so doesn’t measure cooking or hot air systems.

Overall, this is a pretty good start. I can see my hourly, weekly and monthly usage and compare how I’m doing.  It could do with some spit and polish to make the graphs more intuitive and useful.  I wonder if there’s any way to get the data into Pachube or something similar.

6 thoughts on “Humm Energy Monitor Set Up – Part 5 – Data Visualisation

  1. Check out the data files on your SD card — they’re simple CSV…

    I, too, was rather disappointed by the online service. Lovely to look at and very easy to upload, but not so good at comparing usage. If I don’t upload data for a week, then the daily view is empty and the weekly view has too little resolution to see much.

  2. I did see that they were CSV
    But it’s kind of hard to do anything useful with them without knowing the key. Is SAU1 a plugbug or something else? Etc.

    1. Sorry – missed that post.

      I saw that Humm were collecting feedback on the visible-energy site, but do they have a public forum somewhere?

      1. @Adam– we don’t have a public forum (yet), but I assure you we are listening and adapting to feedback. If you have any questions or comments I’m happy to help. You can reach me at @hummenergy or [at]

        @Terence– thanks for your feedback. I’ll share it with the team, and I’m sure Sam will be in touch.

        1. As a thought, have you looked at the (free) Open Flash Charts for displaying data –

      2. I’ve found them very responsive by email – there’s also Facebook page

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