My family is out of town so I have (finally) had a chance to try and track down some nasty passive power loads. With my family around I get too many screams of pain when I switch breakers off during the day!
I was spurred into action today as I noticed (via Flusko) that my house was using 550W (13.2 kWh/day) with no one home. About 350W of that is the average load of our fridge + deep freezer. About 140W are some passive loads that I have yet to track down, and about 60W my laptop and basic "nerd" IT that is running most of the time.
To keep Flusko running I powered my DSL modem and Wifi router (plus the Flukso) from a 12V battery via an inverter.
The only problem I found was that as I switched off loads the update time of Flusko graph was very slow, for example 5-10 minutes. Is there any way to speed this up?
What would be ideal was a some sort of real time power meter application I can run here, rather that waiting for the web graphs to update.