Home power consumption monitoring using a Raspberry Pi
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Home power consumption monitoring using a Raspberry Pi

Hardware Sensors

Our electrical power board has a red LED that pulses each time 1Wh of energy is consumed. The LED will flash fast or slow, depending on the load being drawn from the network.

Raspberry Pi with an analogue sensor

We can use a light dependant resistor (also known as an LDR or photoresistor) to sense the pulse of light from our power meter without directly connecting to any of the mains powered circuits. We can therefore count every 1000 pulses the meter is equivilent to measure each kWh used.

Unlike the Arduino, the Raspberry Pi's GPIO pins are unable to measure resistance and can only sense if the voltage supplied to them is above a certain voltage (approximately 2 volts). The circuit at Raspberry Pi LDR GPIO circuit shows a very simple circuit using only an LDR and 1uF capacitor.