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Wattvision is a revolutionary sensor and app that gives you real-time feedback on your energy use so you can save money and the planet.

Thanks for all the support! So excited that we are funded! Check UPDATES for latest news, and visit www.wattvision.com for more info.

Recent Media Coverage: MashableJetson Green - Treehugger - US 1 Newspaper

What’s Wattvision?

Wattvision is an energy sensor and mobile app that helps you save money on energy by giving you a live view of your energy use. By setting goals and tracking your spending in real-time, you’ll never be surprised by your energy bill again. Wattvision is designed with a great end-to-end user experience in mind. How much money are you spending on energy right now? You’ll always know with Wattvision.

“If Apple created an energy monitor - it would be the Wattvision. I love it.” - David G, real Wattvision user

“The Wattvision monitor has already paid for itself in the first 3 months and now I receive credits on my bills.” - Brandon D, real Wattvision user

How does it work?

Sensor > Wattvision Cloud > Your Phone & Web
Sensor > Wattvision Cloud > Your Phone & Web

Wattvision works by gathering data from your electricity meter -- that funky device that wasn’t designed by user experience experts. Setup is easy: just surface-mount your Wattvision Energy Sensor to the outside of your meter, connect the Wattvision Gateway to your network, and then go online on your computer or mobile device to see and analyze your real-time energy data.

If you have an analog meter, our analog sensors will watch and time the rotations of the disk inside your meter. Each rotation marks a fixed quantity of energy used by your house. If you have a digital meter, our digital sensor will read the infrared pulses emitted by your meter that also mark the energy coming from the grid. Your sensor sends the data through your home network (via the Wattvision Gateway), to Wattvision servers. You can then view the data live on your mobile device, on your computer, or anywhere you choose. Look at historical trends in your energy use, receive e-mail and text message alerts, and track your home’s overall efficiency compared to similar homes.

Unlike most systems, there is no electrician required to set up Wattvision! Because we connect to your meter, we track your whole home's energy use -- not just one outlet or one appliance!

How can I use Wattvision?

  • Save money by setting daily energy spending goals, and track your progress against these goals in real-time. 
  • See if the green changes you make are actually making a difference.
  • Compare and rank your home with similar homes across the country.
  • Find energy-draining devices, including faulty appliances.
  • Receive alerts and catch problems before you get an unusually high energy bill.
  • Use our API to integrate data into your home automation system or send to other 3rd party services for detailed analysis.

The Project: Wattvision 2

We have great feedback from our amazing early adopters across the country, and we’re ready to act on this feedback and expand Wattvision to more users. That’s where you come in, Kickstarter.

We’ve started work on Wattvision 2: a complete remake of our hardware from the ground up, that features broader compatibility, more networking options, higher reliability and even easier setup. But we can’t make this happen without your support.

With a successful kickstarter campaign, we’ll be able to:

  • Complete development of Wattvision 2
  • Make a large production run to get Wattvision 2 in your hands
  • Expand our reach to more types of power meters -- our goal is ALL meters
  • Support Ethernet and more types of wireless networks (specifically g and n)

Features and Specs for Wattvision 2

Wattvision 2: You'll get a Gateway and one sensor appropriate for your meter
Wattvision 2: You'll get a Gateway and one sensor appropriate for your meter

Hardware

  • Durable, heavy-duty sensors designed for outdoor use
  • Set and forget (no batteries involved)
  • Compatible with most analog and digital power meters
  • Accurate to within 2 watts
  • Data updated ~ every 10 seconds
  • Quick and easy to set up
  • Manufactured in the USA

Software:

  • iPhone and Android support
  • E-mail and text message alerts and recommendations
  • Data download into Excel or any other software
  • Developer API for custom and 3rd party applications
  • Shared community energy graphs
  • Top Energy Savers Rankings

Become a Wattvisionary by pledging to our Kickstarter campaign today. Your pledge will help us create the hardware and software needed to realize our collective vision for a more energy efficient future!

At a glance, see how you're doing
At a glance, see how you're doing

Plan

Case Studies

We sold out of the first version of Wattvision on Amazon, and received a solid 5 stars across 8 user-submitted reviews. Here are some excerpts:

"Simplicity wins compared to the competition"

"My New neurosis"

"Simple, Effective Energy Monitoring"

"It paid for itself in 3 months"

"The one that works great"

"Super cool device great value"

+Most of our customers have discovered phantom loads, appliances which periodically turn on and off and cost money in the background, and then added schedules or made adjustments.  With Wattvision you can see how much it costs you to run anything from a light bulb to a microwave to a hair dryer.

+A customer calculated the cost of drying a load of clothes, and decided to air dry his family’s clothes after discovering the high cost (hard to beat sun and wind power!)

+An industrial customer in Michigan uses Wattvision to avoid a higher cost of energy that can kick in when their industrial equipment draws too much power.

+A customer with solar panels had been unable to zero his energy bill, but with Wattvision he was able to make the changes that now allow him to get paid by his utility each month

API

Wattvision allows you to download data as fast as we receive it, through our download API. Pretty neat stuff. Researchers and third parties have already shown that it’s possible to take whole house data and break it down by appliance, a scenario we’re excited to enable.

While we make strides to use clean and renewable energy in the future, it’s vital to remember that the cleanest energy is the energy we never use. One of the most important steps towards improving our energy habits is simply to cut down on our existing energy use, and we can do that by first knowing where we stand. Wattvision makes this possible by showing you your real-time energy use on the web or on your phone. We want everyone to take charge of their energy lifestyle and bring the future to the present!

See QA below.

Special Thanks

Jared Flesher - videography - http://www.sourlands.com. Orange Chairs in our video provided by Only Insight. Red Juggling Balls in our video provided by TussleTigerlabs, and many others that helped us along the way!

Credits

Music by Chris Zabriskie
Archival photos by NASA, Javier Gil, Wknight94

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    WATTVISIONARY WITH PROFILE - You'll get a Wattvision Sensor and Gateway compatible with your meter type AND a phone or Skype interview with us, so we can showcase your house as a Featured Home on the Wattvision system. Many of you have fancy energy upgrades that will keep you at the top of the Wattvision Rankings, and we want you to share your energy efficiency journey with the world.

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    WATTVISION SPONSOR - In addition to getting ten Wattvision systems and t-shirts, we will sponsor an energy savings competition in your name on a day of your choice each month in 2013. You can define the parameters of the competition, including metrics and prizes, and of course, we'll appreciate your support forever!

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