Lumin Edge is unlike most electricity tracking systems we’ve seen. While its competitors connect to the cables that enter your electrical panel from your utility and rely on algorithms to identify which devices are consuming electricity, Lumin Edge uses modules that connect in line with the power cables of your major appliances and your HVAC system. . Therefore, the modules know exactly what devices are monitoring and send this information to a hub that connects to your router. You can control this information using the Lumin smartphone app.
But Lumin Edge goes beyond just reporting power consumption. You can turn individual circuits on and off according to rules that you define. This enables features that you won’t find on similar systems. For starters, you can orchestrate your home’s energy consumption, and its energy production, if you have solar panels and / or whole-house batteries installed, so that you are always using the most cost-effective source of electricity.
If you have solar panels and your utility company is operating an asymmetric net metering program in which you buy the electricity your panels generate at a lower price than your grid electricity sells you, the system software can detect when your home has excess solar energy. and it will redirect it to be consumed inside the house, instead of being put on the network. If your solar panels power whole-house batteries, the system will tap into those batteries for electricity before it draws electricity from the grid. In addition, it will allow you to run your HVAC system and your electric vehicle charger at the same time, balancing the power consumption of both sources so that your batteries are not overcharged.
Lumin Edge can also identify what type of resource is being consumed to generate the electricity your home uses: renewable energy (hydroelectric, solar, wind), fossil fuels (natural gas, coal), nuclear, etc. This information is sourced from regional broadcast operators that cover about 80 percent of US territories, according to Lumin, and provides consumers with the information they can use to reduce their carbon footprint.
In markets where utility bills are based on a time-of-use rate (that is, the cost of electricity varies based on the time of day it is consumed, costs less when demand is lower and more when demand is high), the algorithms will analyze your home’s electrical consumption and act to make it more efficient. It can be programmed to automatically pre-cool your home in the morning when electricity costs less, so you don’t need to run your air conditioner as much the rest of the day when it costs more. In the same way, the system can make your water heater hot water only when it is likely to be used, or operate your pool pump only when rates are lower.
If your utility company operates a demand response program and you enroll in it, the utility company may automatically turn off the circuits in your home in exchange for a financial incentive for you to reduce your electricity use. when the network is taxable. For tasks that cannot be automated, like doing laundry, the app will suggest the best times to do it.
Modules are available for 120 and 240 volt circuits, and Lumin suggests installing 10 modules for the average home to capture the most information and provide the most control. Those modules would control major appliances such as your washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove, oven, water heater, air conditioner, oven, well pump, electric vehicle charger, pool pump, etc. The Lumin Edge hub and modules are self-installing, although the modules require you to partially cut and strip the cables before inserting them into the modules. If dealing with electricity makes your hair stand on end, Lumin has a network of certified installers who can do the job for you.
Lumin says the Lumin Edge Hub is practically market-ready and undergoing regulatory approval, but supply chain issues will delay its widespread availability until 2022. The system is slated to cost $ 199 for a starter kit that includes the hub and two modules. . Additional modules will cost between $ 30 and $ 60, depending on the amperage of the circuit being controlled. We will report back on our hands-on experience with Lumin Edge as soon as Lumin can provide us with a review unit.