CSIRO Trialling App To Remotely Control And Monitor Home Power Usage

CSIRO Trialling App To Remotely Control And Monitor Home Power Usage

Smart meters have taken us a step closer to “digitising” our power usage and making it easier to monitor just how much electricity we’re using. CSIRO however is taking the concept further and in conjunction with app developer HabiDapt, is trialling software that will allow you to see the current power consumption of individual household appliances, along with a breakdown of usage costs, with the ability to turn them on and off remotely.

This post was originally published on Gizmodo Australia.

CSIRO is calling the system “Eddy” and is based on the idea of the “Internet of Things”. All your high-power devices, such as air conditioners and washing machines, will be controlled from the app and each will report their current power usage and electricity costs via “mini smart meters”.

The end result is an app that can provide “personalised insights and recommendations about [your] electricity use”.

If you’re thinking we’ll have to wait five or ten years for this to be rolled out to consumers — think again. CSIRO is already trialling the technology under the name “HomeSmart” in Perth and Townsville.

If you’d like to check the app out, there’s an interactive demo available via the HabiDapt website.

Taking remote control of your electricity [CSIRO, via ABC]


  • Sounds like a great idea until you realize just how many meters are currently unable to even be read remotely.

    We recently received a letter granting us a $125 rebate because of this and we don’t even have access to our own details on the My Home Energy website .

    Our meter still has to be read manually and we have just had another letter to state that our bill will now be delayed.

    • Same here (though no bill delays yet).

      I think this is suggesting there are “mini smart meters” that you plug your device into, as the main smart meter cannot know what device is using what power, let alone turn them off remotely.

      It would be nice if the smart meters would send data to our phones instead of having to fork out for 3rd party dedicated units.

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