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

Sense Energy Monitor: 3 more devices found. Some devices are no longer detected.

February 15, 2018

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…

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Sense Energy Monitor: First change to save money

February 4, 2018

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…

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Sense Energy Monitor: Found Chest Freezer

February 4, 2018

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…

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Sense Energy Monitor: Renaming Devices

February 2, 2018

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…

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Sense Energy Monitor: Again two more devices found and one in the works.

January 28, 2018

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…

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Sense Energy Monitor: Two more devices learned

January 27, 2018

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…

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Sense Energy Monitor: device found and general thoughts

January 25, 2018

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…

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Sense Energy Monitor: Installation

January 24, 2018

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…

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Sense Home Energy Monitor Purchase

January 24, 2018

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…

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Build Update

April 21, 2008

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…

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New Choice in Battery Charger – Minn Kota MK-440

March 25, 2008

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…

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Partially Finished Battery Rack

March 25, 2008

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…

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Semi-Completed Rear End

March 25, 2008

Well here are the pictures for the rear end once all of the mounts are made. I still need to measure the wheelbase to be sure it is in there strait and then I can weld up all of the adjustment holes. I also need to build the bottom mount for the strut too. I…

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Battery Rack

March 25, 2008

I have most of the battery rack built now. I will have 9 of my Optima D31T on the bottom row as low as I can, then 3 on the top of those towards the firewall. I’ll try to post pictures as soon as possible once I take them. I am using all of the…

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Long Overdue Update

March 12, 2008

Well it has been quite a while since I have blogged, it has been a busy last month. It seems like not much has happened with the car, but getting the rest of the parts that I need on the way eats up quite a bit of time. I also had been preparing to show…

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Computer and LCD Touch Screen

February 1, 2008

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…

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The passenger side frame notch

February 1, 2008

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…

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Project update with random thoughts

January 27, 2008

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…

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Finished Driver’s Side Frame C-Notch

January 27, 2008

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…

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C-notching the frame

January 21, 2008

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…

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About Me

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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