Anyone have experience with power sensing plugs? I'd like to have a way to monitor if I've got an AC sump pump cycling more often than expected. I took a stab at this a few years ago with a z-wave device and was less than happy with it. I'd be open to trying a zigbee solution.
I just want to know when the pump comes on and goes off. An added bonus would be being able to monitor if this device disappeared, as I've had one pump trip it's GFCI and I had no idea it was offline.
At some point, sure, I'd probably be better off with something that actually monitors the water level. Is there a plug-and-play option out there already? I do not want to get into lashing together something. My technical to-do list is already backlogged enough.
I don't need to know power consumption, but wouldn't reject being able to collect it. Nor do I need on/off control of the power, I'd just be using this purely to monitor whether the pump powered itself on.