Home Energy Meter 2E manual

The following instructions have been designed to help you install and get the best performance out of Aeotec’s Z-Wave home energy monitor. Please note that the instructions are for the 2nd Edition of the Home Energy Monitor, released in 2012.

Quick start.

The installation of your Aeotec Home Energy Meter has two major parts:

  1. the installation of the meter into your Z-Wave network
  2. and the installation of it into your AC mains electricity box

What follows are the instructions for both parts. The electrical installation of your meter into your circuit box should only be done a licensed electrician with knowledge and understanding of electrical systems and electrical safety. You can perform the second half of the installation process, linking the meter with your Z-Wave network, yourself.

Install meter into circuit box.

Important: Only a licensed electrician should perform these steps.

Unless otherwise stated, the circuit box’s main breaker should be turned off to perform these installation steps.

  1. Turn the main breaker off.
  2. Open the main circuit box panel.
  3. Clip one clamp of the meter around the incoming electricity cable that connects to the main circuit breaker.
  4. Connect the clamp to the meter using a Clamp Connector.
  5. Connect the AC Wire to the meter using the AC Wire Connector.
  6. Wire the AC Wire into one breaker. The brown wire is Live, the blue wire is neutral.
  7. Replace the main circuit box panel.
  8. Turn the main breaker back on.

It is now time to place the main body of the Home Energy Meter. Inside the meter is a radio antenna used for communications, and this must be taken into consideration when selecting a location for the meter.
If the circuit boxes is made of metal the radio signal strength may be reduced. In this situation it is recommended that the main body of the meter be affixed outside the circuit box. This will improve the radio signal strength. The Home Energy Meter has been weatherized to the international IP43 standard so that it is resistant to rain and snow when placed vertically with the wires protruding from the bottom of the unit.

To place the Home Energy Meter:

  1. Unslot the backing plate from the back of your meter.
  2. Affix the plate to the selected wall space using the provided screws.
  3. Attach your meter to the backing plate.

Link meter with an existing Z-Wave network.

After an electrician connects your Home Energy Meter to your electrical mains, you should link the meter to your Z-Wave network. The following instructions tell you how to do this using Aeotec’s Z-Wave USB stick and Z-Wave remote control. If you are using other products as your main Z-Wave controller, please refer to the part of their respective manuals that tells you how add new devices to your network.

If you’re using a Z-Stick:

  1. If your Z-Stick is plugged into a gateway or a computer, unplug it.
  2. Take your Z-Stick to the electricity box in which your meter has been installed.

If you’re using a Minimote:

  1. If your Z-Stick is plugged into a gateway or a computer, unplug it.
  2. Take your Z-Stick to the electricity box in which your meter has been installed.

For either the Z-Stick or Minimote:

  1. Press the Action Button on your meter.
  2. If your meter has been successfully linked to your network, its light will remain solid for 1 second. If the linking was unsuccessful the light will blink after pressing your meter’s Action Button.
  3. Press any button on your Minimote or the Action Button on the Z-Stick to take it it out of installation mode.

Removing your meter from a Z-Wave network.

Your meter can be removed from your Z-Wave network at any time. You’ll need to use the main controller in your Z-Wave network to do this. The following instructions tell you how to do this using Aeotec’s Z-Stick and Minimote controllers. If you are using other products as your main Z-Wave controller, please refer to the part of their respective manuals that tells you how remove devices from your network.

If you’re using a Z-Stick:

  1. If your Z-Stick is plugged into a gateway or a computer, unplug it.
  2. Take your Z-Stick to the electricity box in which your meter has been installed.
  3. Press the Action Button on your Z-Stick.

If you’re using a Minimote:

  1. Take your Minimote to the electricity box in which your meter has been installed.

  2. Press the Remove button on your Minimote.

For either the Z-Stick or Minimote:

  1. Press the Action Button on your meter.
  2. If your meter has been successfully removed from your network its light will blink for 1 second. If the removal was unsuccessful the light will be solid after pressing your meter’s Action Button.
  3. Press any button on your Minimote or the Action Button on the Z-Stick to take it it out of removal mode.

Waking the Home Energy Meter to receive commands.

Tap the button located near the batteries – The Home Energy Meter will stay awake for 10 seconds.

Alternatively, the Home Energy Meter is always communicable to commands sent by the latest Z-Wave protocols (4.51 and newer).

Monitoring energy consumption.

The Aeotec Home Energy Meter can report wattage energy usage or kWh energy usage to a Z-Wave gateway or controller when requested. If this function is supported by the gateway/controller, the energy consumption will be displayed in the user interface of the gateway/controller. (The specific Z-Wave commands supporting energy monitoring are the Meter Command Class) Please consult the operation manual for these gateways/controllers for specific instructions on monitoring the Home Energy Meter.

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