Hey electronics people.
How would you rig up your houses electriity box to tell you which outlet, specifically, is having electricity drained from it?
I got the idea because at one point in my life, my family had two homes. We had electricity in them both, but only lived in one because of reasons. No, it's not because we're rich, it was because of a divorce, and then we needed to go to a better school. etc.
anyway. We had neighbors sneak over while we weren't occupying the house and rig up extension cords so they could sap our electricity. We couldn't contest the bill with the phone company because we couldn't prove they were doing it.
That gave me the idea of a standard home log of which outlets are having power sapped from them. So say, if only the outdoor outlet is being drained from, it'd be proof the only power consumption is being stolen.
What do yall think? How would you do this?
Because the house was unoccupied, everything was unplugged, but my mother kept the power on because we visited occasionally to clean it up. When your electricity bill goes up to $50 a month despite using absolutely no power for lights, heat or flushing the toilet, there's only a few things it could be.
i am not OP but where i live in maine, there used to be one power supplier, CMP. a state law was changed on how power could be sold so new companies could sell power to consumers. they call them CEPs. competitive electricity providers. they are different from the standard offer and can range from oil/propane companies to telecoms.
If you are going the minimum retrofit route you would need a usage monitor on every outlet or at least every branch line. They do make once that are built into the outlet itself but they are not that cheap.
it just now occurred to me that other places may just give people a flat power bill, whether or not they use any electricity. I'm reaching and have no experience with that, but that's about the only explanation I can find for not understanding, "A home consuming power = more money paid on utilities"
Ur dumb. Turn off the breakers to outdoor power outlets and lock everything. Buy a kill a watt from amazon if you wanna find out how much power an appliance uses.
Sometimes utilities bill on "projected" usage. Request a meter reading.
I would recommend just switching sockets to a custom one so that your neighbours cannot steal them. Buy a bunch of BS1363 sockets and plugs for the house and devices, they are completely fine running 115V as well, but still stick with the 13A rating though.
As others have said. Your idea is pretty silly.
Easier to just turn off the breakers to exterior outlets or anywhere people could get to.
Also did you consider possibly electric heat or electric water heater.
We have a cabin up north that we keep heat and water heater on all year because Minnesota.
The electric bills can be pretty random.
This is by far the most retarded thing I ever read. Not only are you fucking yourself over by having to redo plugs and outlets, but you make the home value much lower. Normies would have to pay an electrician to replace all your outlets.
A better idea is to install one easy to see outlet for the neighbor, make it remotely controllable and fuck with them hard.
>What do yall think? How would you do this?
I think it's too nice.
I think you should buy up as many of the largest capacitors that you can find and wire them up, then wire them to discharge whenever someone plugs into one of the plugs that gets stolen from.
>clean it up
>an empty house
Even putting aside the obvious 'why are you cleaning a house that isn't used' point, you're rich enough to have two houses, but can't afford a maid?
Also, flip the breaker inside the house when you leave, Jesus, it's not that hard.
Speaking about empty houses and security and to hijack the thread, are there any consumer grade wireless 3G/4G IR cameras suitable for remotely monitoring houses during construction?
I'd like one for a house currently under construction so I can detect crackheads breaking in and ripping out wiring/plumbing, etc. But obviously have no wifi internets and the power is on the pole still.
On a completely differently related point, my breaker box was not clearly labelled from the previous owner.
Besides one person flipping breakers and going to every socket with a lamp and every switch, a breaker box end system were you can see which breaker is attached to which outlets/switches and observe how much power they are drawing would be pretty keen, but that would probably have to be a smart house dealie installed at construction.
Also, I could see how much of an energy vampire my microwave is.
>Also, I could see how much of an energy vampire my microwave is.
get a Kill-a-Watt, it's a brand name, but many equivalents exist for $20-$30