Welcome to Odd Energy!
Here you will find a blog on different projects of mine and product reviews that have anything to do with energy. I will explain my experiments and offer my thoughts on the experience.
Some may find my projects odd, but I find them interesting.
Latest Blog Posts
Three new devices found Its been a short time since the Sense has found a new device. The last few days it found 3! Sense labeled the new devices “Motor 1”, “Washer”, and “Heat 1”. I set on/off notifications for all three and so far the only one I have confirmed is correct is the…Read More
Frequently running dehumidifier I made my first modification around the house in an attempt to save some energy about a week ago, but figured I would wait for some data before I posted about it. The dehumidifier was one of the first items that were detected in the house and also looked to be one…Read More
Chest freezer found This morning I received a notification that it found a new device called “Fridge 2”. I assumed it was actually the chest freezer since it is the last undetected device in the house I can think of similar to a fridge. I rarely catch the chest freezer running, so it makes…Read More
A slow down for devices found Well its been a few days since I last blogged about the Sense Energy Monitor and since a new device was found. I was expecting this to happen at some point, just didn’t know when. It has found many devices that cycle on/off regularly and this makes sense as…Read More
Two New Devices Detected Well yet again today, I woke up to two more devices being found, the “Microwave” and “AC 2”. I’m sure the microwave was detected correctly, but the “AC 2” I’m pretty sure is the furnace fan. Once I go a day or two without a device being recognized, I’ll start renaming…Read More
Two New Devices Detected Well last night I received another notification that 2 new devices have been learned. So far the speed at which devices are being learned is encouraging since I had expected to wait two weeks before seeing any according to many reviews I read. Two Device Screenshots This time it found what…Read More
First Device Found Well I have found myself checking the app multiple times throughout the day and it has already detected its first device! I’d have to say so far I am pleased. Tonight it has detected a device called “Heat 1” and I’m pretty sure it is the glow tube in my furnace. Sense…Read More
First Impressions on Sense Energy Monitor Well I’m recently back into the blogging and wasn’t in the mode of taking many pictures to share my experience, I’ll get better, I promise. So tonight I installed a Sense home energy monitor in my house. The product packaging was nice, but not too overdone to make you…Read More
Well it has been a while since I have blogged and have wanted to get back into it for some time now to talk about small projects I do here and there. It turns out that it took a $299 purchase of the Sense Home Energy Monitor, a relatively quick install, and a post on…Read More
Again I haven’t blogged for a while, but that is because I have been devoting much of my time to the actual build. Since the last post, I have been working on building the motor/transmission hump in the floor and finishing the battery rack. I will try to get pictures posted of everything soon. My…Read More
I have been thinking of building my own large charger or buying a pre-made one, then building a mixture of a smart charger/regulator on each battery to charge each battery independently. I know I could easily spend 1000 for a charger and $40 on each of the 12 charger/regulators, plus my time involved in making…Read More
Here is some pictures of the partially finished battery rack. I only have 2 motor mounts tacked onto the rack. 2 more motor mounts to go, then I can finish framing the rack in and build the battery hold downs. I also purchased some 4/0 welding cable for the batteries. I will be buying solder…Read More
I have decided that I would like to have an on board PC to use for my data acquisition from the batteries, programming of the motor controller, and for a means of showing the power usage and efficiencies in real time. I am looking for a computer and LCD touch screen that can withstand cold…Read More
Last night I started notching the passenger side frame. Things seemed to go a lot smoother and took less time. I was only out there for a little more than 3 hours and got the angle iron welded solid into the frame. This side of the frame was slightly different because there was a gas…Read More
I received word the other day that my controller is finished being built and is being shipped out. I have also narrowed down who I will be ordering my WarP 9 from and should get that coming soon. Can’t wait to see what a $2,000 controller feels and looks like, and ditto with the $1,700…Read More
I was finally able to finish up the drivers side frame rail by boxing it in and strengthening the sides with sheet steel. Took around 5 hours total, I know Im slow at this type of thing, but I want to be sure that I do it right. I am now satisfied that the frame…Read More
After receiving the wheel adapters/spacers, I decided that I needed to raise the rear mounts of the cougar sub-frame up 1.5 inches. I never knew how high the rear differential should be off of the ground, but I found some useful information that stated the sway bar should be parallel to the ground where it…Read More
My name is Brian Sellers, I live in Northeast Iowa, and I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with two bachelor's degrees, Management Information Systems (MIS) and Electrical and Information Engineering Technology (EIET).
My career is in Information Technology, with a job title of System Architect. I utilize my MIS degree primarily though my career, but the EIET degree comes in most handy for the projects I do just for fun.
I hope you find something you enjoy on here as I plan to continually expand the projects I list here.
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