Monitoring House Power Usage using an RTL-SDR

Home automation enthusiast Bruce Winter has recently posted on his blog about how he uses the RTL-SDR as part of his home automation system to automatically monitor his power (and solar power generation) usage. Many home power meters are now wireless which allows meter readers to gather power usage data from afar.

To gather the power usage data he used an RTL-SDR connected to a PC running rtlamr, which is software that can read data from ERT compatible power meters that transmit in the 900 MHz ISM band. He also uses some custom code he wrote that automatically plots the data over time and allows him to integrate it with his home automation system. In addition to his post he also uploaded a video shown below that shows his system in action.

Monitoring house power using a $20 RF RTLSDR USB stick

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