Just wanted to clarify for the OP that “energy reporting” can mean three different things in a smartthings context, and any one device might do one of these, but not the others, or any combination of them. It’s not always clear just by reading a product description what will be available to you after it is on your smartthings account. So research can be a little tricky unless you find someone in the community who actually has the device and is using it.
1) ENERGY REPORTING IN ITS OWN APP
Usually the screenshots you will see in a product description are from the device’s own app, and will show you energy reporting history that you can find in that app. Having that data doesn’t mean you can do anything with it automatically, though. And sometimes it’s just a cumulative report updated every few hours or even once a day. So the data is useful to an individual customer, but not necessarily usable in smartthings.
2) OFFICIAL ENERGY REPORTING FEATURE IN THE SMARTTHINGS APP
This is an official feature called “ENERGY” under the “LIFE” section of the app that does a lot less than you will expect from the initial description.
It helps to remember that this was originally created to manage Samsung smart appliances in multifamily buildings. The main idea is that when the unit is unoccupied, power draw can be reduced.
So far, there are only a few devices that will work with this feature. Even the smartthings branded smart plug does not at the time of this writing. But your 2022 and newer big Samsung smart appliances probably will, and a few other devices.
Mostly it was designed for the following
This includes but is not limited to 1) providing reliable occupancy detection linked to savings strategies that shut off or power down equipment when no one is home, 2) limiting standby power of connected devices, and 3) providing feedback to users about the energy impact of their settings.
The feedback is in the form of reports that you can review manually.
There are a few built-in automations, like closing the blinds when the air conditioner is turned on, but again, they will only work with a few specific models.
So it’s interesting data, and you may make various personal decisions based on it, but other than putting your appliances into eco-mode when you leave the house, there’s not that much actionable in it.
And remember, some devices might appear in this section, but not have energy reporting that you can use in a smartthings routine that you create in other parts of the same app.
3. ENERGY DATA THAT YOU CAN USE IN SMARTTHINGS ROUTINES
The feature that most people here are looking for: the ability to trigger home automation actions based on energy draw levels. For example, knowing that the television is on because it’s drawing power above a certain threshold from a smart plug.
Note that this requires that the device be reporting energy use quite frequently or it won’t be meaningful for an automation. But many of these devices are designed to only report every few hours or even once a day. And so “energy monitoring“ doesn’t always mean “useful in a routine.“
Yes, there are some devices that will give you this in the smartthings app. But at the time of this writing most will not appear in the “smartthings energy“ section of the app.
SO HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT ANY ONE DEVICE CAN DO IN TERMS OF SMARTTHINGS?
it just takes research, and usually finding someone online who already has the device set up in smartthings. Obviously this forum is a good place to ask. Sometimes you’ll see the information written in Amazon reviews or Best Buy reviews. Reddit posts may have the details. Sometimes you’ll see screenshots of the SmartThings app on the manufacturer’s website that make it obvious. But otherwise, just because a device is “energy reporting,“ it doesn’t necessarily mean it will do all three of the above. So if you are asking questions, it also helps to be specific about what you’re looking for.