Shortly before Christmas, as is often the way at this time of the year with technology, a gadget dad uses to monitor the electricity used in the house failed and stopped giving updates.
Further investigations including a trip to the electricity meter cupboard outside, revealed that the EnergySmart sensor needed a new battery.
If you are unfamilier with these units they are a two part kit, easily installed by the homeowner to constantly monitor electricity usage in a building.
One part consists of a small transmitter unit which clamps around an electricity cable in your meter cupboard.
The second unit displays usage and past usage (30 days) inside the house.
You can find out more on the British Gas website.
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The battery used in the sensor turns out to be a lithium CR2 3V battery and a spare was easily obtained via Amazon.co.uk.
When inserted however, the two units failed to communicate and appeared to have lost sync with each other.
Thanks to the British Gas help desk we soon were up and running again after we followed their advice to reset the EnergySmart monitor:
- Please remove the power supply from your display and hold the top ‘menu’ button down for 10 seconds and the screen on your display go blank to show it’s been turned off.
- While your monitor is turned off, carefully disconnect the sensor from your electricity meter and remove the battery and reinsert after 10 seconds.
- Now using something like a paper clip, press the reset button which can be found about halfway down the side of the sensor. You’ll need to press the reset button around 4-6 times until the LED inside the sensor lights up solidly and then start to double flash.
- Please now reconnect sensor to the same wire on your electricity meter
- Now insert the power supply back into your display and while holding the bottom ‘adjust’ button down, press the top ‘menu’ button four times. The display will then flash white and clear, before returning to displaying the pulsating blue antennae.
- Your display will now reconnect to your sensor and begin displaying your electricity consumption within 30 seconds.
Reset the EnergySmart unit
We have to admit that dad did try the above instructions two or three times before both units started talking.
All seems to be working once more and, as we type up this blog post, he is busy re-entering all of the settings such as the time and cost per unit. It would really be an improvement if gadgets like this could remember settings when batteries fail.
Until next time
Buster and Charlie