Smart Laundry Monitor

(Patrick) #1

Does anyone know if either of these devices can be used with a smart app (and which one) to monitor when the Washing machine or dryer for laundry stops, and thus is done? I would like to get a push message when the laundry is done. I have seen some solutions with a multi sensor that senses vibrartions but i just dont think that will be sensitive enough. I would like to rely on power draw for the metric of on/off running/done.

The two devices i am lookign at are:
AEDSB09104ZWUS - Aeon Labs Smart Energy Monitor (1st Gen)
DSC06106-ZWUS - Aeon Labs Smart Energy Switch


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(Brian Diehl) #2

I am using the DSC06106-ZWUS with my setup for the washing machine and using Rule Machine with a virtual switch, I can get notifications.

I have it set up so that when my washing machine goes over 4W it will turn on a virtual switch.
Then I have a rule that states if the draw falls under 4W with that virtual switch on, I will get a text message and also have a message spoken over my speaker (as well as turning off the virtual switch as a reset for the next use).


You can also take a look at this:

(Stuart Buchanan) #4

I have this working for both my washing machine and tumble dryer extremely well using the SmartThings plug. The range and reliability is very good too

(Bob) #5

Also, see this thread (below) if you have a washer or dryer with a touchscreen interface, and thus, never quite drop to zero. For best precision in this use case, I had to modify the device handler for the DSC06106-ZWUS to report decimal fractions. Works great now.

(Stuart Buchanan) #6

I’m struggling to see what the issue is here. I have both a washer and a dryer that fluctuate below 4 watts when off, and occasionally below 4 watts for brief periods during a cycle.

I have automated 100% with 0% false positives by creating virtual switches which switch on when the power usage goes over 4w and then switches off when below 4w with a delay of 4minutes which is cancellable if peaks back over during that time. I use Rule Machine for this automation and I notify on the state of the simulated switch.

Yes it delays the notification by 4m but my laundry room is in the garage and I cant imagine that a delay of 4m is an issue in the wonderful world of laundry!