How to Use the Net Meter Plugin

How to Use the Net Meter Plugin

How to Use the Net Meter Plugin

 

Purpose:

This post will explain how to use the Net Meter Plugin in My.Eyedro.com.

 

Instructions:

  1. Click the icon in the lower left corner.
  2. Click the Net Meter option.
  3. Default settings are generation and consumption are not inverted, consumption is net is true, and show net in graph is true.
  4. While setting up your sensors, ensure that you know which sensors are on your Main lines, and which are on the output of the solar system. Typically the values coming from Main should be positive, while the values coming from solar should be negative (representing negative consumption.)
  5. Set up Display Groups that reflect this, ie. Display group A has sensors A and B in it and is named Mains, and Display group B has sensors C and D in it and is named Solar.
  6. Hovering the mouse over the graph will display hourly Generation, Consumption & Net details in kWh.
  7. Generation kWh will be on the left. If you have set up your rates the amount earned will be listed. Below the generation number is the live generation value.
  8. Consumption kWh will be on the right. If you have set up your rates, the cost of consumption will be listed. Below the consumption number is the live consumption value.
  9. In the center is the Net kWh either consumed or generated for the day.
  10. You set the generating Display group here.
  11. You set the consumption Display group here.
  12. You can view other day’s reports by selecting them here.
How to Use the Net Meter Plugin

How to Use the Net Meter Plugin

 

For more information:

To contact Eyedro Support:

Via email: support@eyedro.com    |   Via phone: 226-499-0944

How to Set Up Tiered Rates

How to Set Up Tiered Rates

How to Set Up Tiered Rates

 

Purpose:

This post will explain how to set up a Tiered Rate Structure in My.Eyedro.com.

Note: if you have not read How To Set Up Your Rate Profile, read that post first as this post assumes you have already done so.

Instructions:

  1. In the General tab of Bill Profile set rate structure to Tiered.
  2. How tiered billing works – as you use electricity each billing period, your rates will increase after certain thresholds are reached. For example, Tier 1 will cover 0 to 1000 kWh with one per kWh fee, then from 1000 kWh to 2000 kWh will be the next tier with a different fee, and so on until the highest tier covers any other usage for the billing period.
  3. To set your tiers correctly you will need the rates from your electrical utility.
  4. Tier 1 ALWAYS starts at zero and goes to a set value. In this post we will use 1000 kWh for explanation purposes.
  5. Tier 2 starts at the same value that Tier 1 ends on (in this example, 1000 kWh), and goes either to a set value or MAX, depending on if it is the top tier or not. To reiterate, Tier 2’s From value is the same as Tier 1’s To value.
  6. My.Eyedro.com starts with three tiers by default. If your utility only has two tiers, click on the third one and click the Delete Tier button in the bottom right of the tab.
  7. In My.Eyedro.com, to edit a tier you need to double click on it.
  8. If your bill has multiple seasons, each season must be set up independently.
  9. Once your tiers match the ones in your utility rates, you have set up the tiered part of your Rate Structure.

MyEyedro Tiered Rates

MyEyedro Tiered Rates

 

Alternate rate structures:

For more information:

To contact Eyedro Support:

Via email: support@eyedro.com    |   Via phone: 226-499-0944

How to Set Up Your Rate Profile

How to Set Up Your Rate Profile

How to Set Up Your Rate Profile

 

Purpose:

To explain how to set up your rate profile correctly in MyEyedro.

Things you will need:

  • your last electrical utility bill
  • the rate card from your electrical utility company.

 

Instructions:

    1. Click on the gear menu in the top right of the MyEyedro screen next to your account name.
    2. Select Rates.
    3. You will have one rate profile auto created by default.
    4. There will be several tabs you can select, but to start the tab you want is Bill Profile.
    5. On the Bill Profile tab, starting with the General tab you can set the date, bill frequency, Rate Structure and Seasons.
    6. Effective Date: if you know when your Utility last changed their Rate Profile, that is the date you need to set here, otherwise just use the start date of the bill you are using to fill in the details.
    7. Bill Frequency: your bill will cover one of three billing periods, Monthly, Bi-Monthly, or Quarterly. Select the option that matches your Bill.
    8. Rate Structure: your utility will have a specific rate structure. MyEyedro currently supports the following structures: Fixed, Tiered, Daily Tiered, and Time of Use.
    9. Number of Seasons: your bill will have the number of seasons that your Utility uses, Time of Use often has Summer and Winter, and what month each season starts on, in this example May 1 and November 1. To edit when a season starts double click on the season you want to edit in the list.
    10. The Rates tab of the Bill Profile will have tabs for each season. You will need to enter your rates information for each season.
    11. Each Season will have two check boxes: enable Weekend-specific rates and enable Holiday-specific rates. If you get charged differently on weekends and holidays ensure these are checked. They are separated out so that if you have holiday rates but not weekend rates you can set this.
    12. With both boxes checked there will be 3 tabs in each season, Weekdays, Weekends, and Holidays.
    13. On Each of these tabs set the time bands, you do this by clicking the Add Time Band in the bottom left of the tab until the number of time bands matches the number on your utility bill.
    14. To edit the time bands you have created, double click them in the list and set the name, the time the band starts, the time the band finishes, and the rate for the band. Do this until all 24 hours are covered.
    15. Repeat this process for each of the seasons.
    16. The final tab on Bill Profile is Other Fees. As the name suggests, these are the related fees such as tax, etc. that your utility company charges you.
    17. The Apply other fees seasonally checkbox is used if you get charged different fees in winter and summer (if your utility bill has a two-season billing profile).
    18. The other checkboxes activate the various other fees. For e.g., if you have an Adjustment Factor on your bill, check the box and enter the percentage from your bill.
    19. The Fixed Fees and Daily Fixed Fees are summation boxes. This means you need to add up all the fees on your utility bill that are applied per bill period for Fixed Fees and enter the amount in dollars into the box that appears when you check it off. The same applies to the per day fees if there are any. An example of Fixed Fees is the Distribution Service Charge $x.xx per month.
    20. Variable Fees are any fees that are tied to how much power you consume that are not the cost of the power itself. They are measured in dollars per kWh. An example of Variable Fees is the Distribution Usage Charge $0.0xxx per kWh.
    21. Adjustment Factor: if you sign up for a contract with an energy retailer, your contract might include a fixed percentage fee for the Global Adjustment cost, which all consumers are required to pay a share of. The Global Adjustment basically is the difference between the price electricity generators are guaranteed and what they earn in the wholesale marketplace.
    22. Adjusted Variable Fees: if you sign up for a contract with an energy retailer, and your contract does not have a fixed percentage, it will have a per kWh fee to cover the Global Adjustment mentioned above.
    23. Peak Demand Fees: Peak demand is usually only applicable to industrial consumers.
    24. Peak Hour Fees: Peak Hours are also usually only applicable to industrial consumers.
    25. Tax: this is where you put the total tax payed on your utility bill in percentage.
    26. Rebate: if you have a rebate for your utility bill, usually from your local government, this is where you put the percentage value for it.
    27. Next to the Bill Profile tab is the Utility tab which allows you to enter the name of your electric utility and their website. This is for record keeping purposes only.
    28. The final tab in Rates is the Holidays tab. In order to have holiday rates applied, this is where you add all applicable statutory holidays.
    29. To add a holiday, you click the “Add Holiday” button located in the lower left corner of the holidays list.
    30. To edit a holiday, you need to double click it in the list, note that you will need to update the list annually as each holiday entered is for a specific year.

 

MyEyedro Bill Profile tab

 MyEyedro Bill Profile tab

 

MyEyedro Rates tab

MyEyedro Rates tab

 

MyEyedro Rates Other Fees

MyEyedro Rates Other Fees

 

Click here for a video example of setting Time-of-Use rates (for best viewing results watch in HD)

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Alternate rate structures:

For more information:

To contact Eyedro Support:

Via email: support@eyedro.com    |   Via phone: 226-499-0944

How to Connect an EYEFI to the Internet

How to Connect an EYEFI to the Internet

How to Connect an EYEFI to the Internet

 

Purpose:

To explain how to connect an EYEFI electricity monitor to the internet.
 

Instructions:

Before you will be able to access your new Eyedro EYEFI device via the MyEyedro (my.eyedro.com) cloud service, you must first provision your device to communicate with the internet.

  1. To connect (provision) an EYEFI device, first plug it in with the provided power adapter. After a few moments, you should see a network created by your EYEFI device in your list of available WiFi networks (as shown below):

EYEFI in available WiFi network list

  1. Select the appropriate network from the list and click connect.
  2. Once connected to the Eyedro WiFi network, open a web browser and navigate to eyedro.com/setup (192.168.1.1/setup works too.)
  3. You should be presented with the Eyedro WiFi Settings page. Note that if you arrive at a different page e.g. your EYEFI’s local dashboard, you can click on the Network link at the bottom of the page which will take you to the Eyedro WiFi Settings page.

The Eyedro WiFi Settings page looks like this:

Eyedro WiFi Settings On some EYEFI devices you may also see a security setting drop-down menu option. In this case, select WPA/WPA2 if your network requires a password. If no password is required, select Open.

  1. Enter your WiFi Network name (SSID) and Password (if applicable) into the appropriate boxes. Important! These parameters are CASE SENSITIVE. Inputting either incorrectly will cause the process to fail.
  2. Once you click Connect, you will be prompted to reconnect to your WiFi network.

If the process was successful, you will now be able to add your EYEFI device to your My.Eyedro.com account.

If the process was not successful, the EYEFI will reappear in your available network list. The most likely cause for this is an incorrectly entered network name or password – please double check the required credentials of the network you are connecting to, power cycle the EYEFI device and try again.
 

For more information:

To contact Eyedro Support:

Via email: support@eyedro.com    |   Via phone: 226-499-0944