Utility Meter


The Utility Meter integration provides functionality to track consumptions of various utilities (e.g., energy, gas, water, heating).

From a user perspective, utility meters operate in cycles (usually monthly) for billing purposes. This sensor will track a source sensor values, automatically resetting the meter based on the configured cycle. On reset an attribute will store the previous meter value, providing the means for comparison operations (e.g., “did I spend more or less this month?”) or billing estimation (e.g., through a sensor template that multiplies the metered value per the charged unit amount).

Some utility providers have different tariffs according to time/resource availability/etc. The utility meter enables you to define the various tariffs supported by your utility provider and accounts your consumptions in accordance. When tariffs are defined a new entity will show up indicating the current tariff. In order to change the tariff, the user must call a service, usually through an automation that can be based in time or other external source (eg. a REST sensor).

Sensors created with this integration are persistent, so values are retained across restarts of Home Assistant. The first cycle for each sensor will be incomplete; a sensor tracking daily usage will start to be accurate the next day after the integration was activated. A sensor tracking monthly usage will present accurate data starting the first of the next month after being added to Home Assistant.

Configuration

Adding Utility Meter to your Home Assistant instance can be done via the user interface, by using this My button:

Manual configuration steps
Name

The name the sensor should have. It can be changed again later.

Input sensor

The sensor entity providing utility readings (energy, water, gas, heating).

Meter reset cycle

How often to reset the counter. If the offered reset cycles do not match your use case, consider using the YAML configuration below, which allows for creating CRON-style patterns.

Meter reset offset

Cycle reset occur at the beginning of the period. This option enables the offsetting of these beginnings, counted in days. If you need a more fine-grained offset, consider using the YAML configuration below, which allows for that.

Supported tariffs

A list of supported tariffs, leave empty if only a single tariff is needed.

Net consumption

Enable this if you would like to treat the source as a net meter. This will allow your counter to go both positive and negative.

Delta values

Enable this if the source values are delta values since the last reading instead of absolute values. When this option is enabled, each new value received will be added as-is to the utility meter instead of adding the difference between the new value and previous value.

If the meter reset cycle and reset offsets are to limited for your use case, consider using the YAML configuration below, which support CRON-style patterns that provide a greater flexibility.

YAML Configuration

Alternatively, this integration can be configured and set up manually via YAML instead. To enable the Integration sensor in your installation, add the following to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
utility_meter:
  energy:
    source: sensor.energy_in_kwh
    cycle: monthly

Configuration Variables

source string Required

The entity ID of the sensor providing utility readings (energy, water, gas, heating).

name string (Optional)

The friendly name to use in the GUI.

unique_id string (Optional)

An ID that uniquely identifies the utility_meter. Set this to a unique value to allow customization through the UI.

cycle string (Optional)

How often to reset the counter. Valid values are quarter-hourly, hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, bimonthly, quarterly and yearly. Cycle value bimonthly will reset the counter once in two months.

offset integer (Optional, default: 0)

Cycle reset occur at the beginning of the period (0 minutes, 0h00 hours, Monday, day 1, January). This option enables the offsetting of these beginnings. Supported formats: offset: 'HH:MM:SS', offset: 'HH:MM' and Time period dictionary (see example below).

cron string Required

This option is mutually exclusive of cycle and offset. It provides an advanced method of defining when should the counter be reset. It follows common crontab syntax but extended to support more advanced scheduling. See the croniter library.

delta_values boolean (Optional, default: false)

Set this to True if the source values are delta values since the last reading instead of absolute values. When this option is enabled, each new value received will be added as-is to the utility meter instead of adding the difference between the new value and previous value. For example, you should enable this when the source sensor returns readings like “1”, “0.5”, “0.75” versus “1”, “1.5”, “2.25”.

net_consumption boolean (Optional, default: false)

Set this to True if you would like to treat the source as a net meter. This will allow your counter to go both positive and negative.

tariffs list (Optional, default: [])

List of tariffs supported by the utility meter.

When using the `offset` configuration parameter, the defined period must not be longer than 28 days.

Time period dictionary example

offset:
  # At least one of these must be specified:
  days: 1
  hours: 0
  minutes: 0

Services

Some of the services are only available if tariffs are configured.

Service utility_meter.reset

Reset the Utility Meter. All sensors tracking tariffs will be reset to 0.

Service data attribute Optional Description
entity_id no String or list of strings that point at entity_ids of utility_meters.

Service utility_meter.calibrate

Calibrate the Utility Meter. Change the value of a given sensor.

Service data attribute Optional Description
entity_id no String or list of strings that point at entity_ids of utility_meters.
value no Number

Advanced Configuration

The following configuration shows an example where 2 utility_meters (daily_energy and monthly_energy) track daily and monthly energy consumptions.

Both track the same sensor (sensor.energy) which continuously monitors the energy consumed.

4 different sensors will be created, 2 per utility meter and corresponding to each tariff. Sensor sensor.daily_energy_peak, sensor.daily_energy_offpeak, sensor.monthly_energy_peak and sensor.monthly_energy_offpeak will automatically be created to track the consumption in each tariff for the given cycle.

The select.daily_energy and select.monthly_energy select entities will track the current tariff and allow changing the tariff.

utility_meter:
  daily_energy:
    source: sensor.energy
    name: Daily Energy
    cycle: daily
    tariffs:
      - peak
      - offpeak
  monthly_energy:
    source: sensor.energy
    name: Monthly Energy
    cycle: monthly
    tariffs:
      - peak
      - offpeak

Assuming your energy provider tariffs are time based according to:

  • peak: from 9h00 to 21h00
  • offpeak: from 21h00 to 9h00 next day

a time based automation can be used:

automation:
  trigger:
    - platform: time
      at: "09:00:00"
      variables:
        tariff: "peak"
    - platform: time
      at: "21:00:00"
      variables:
        tariff: "offpeak"
  action:
    - service: select.select_option
      target:
        entity_id: select.daily_energy
      data:
        option: "{{ tariff }}"
    - service: select.select_option
      target:
        entity_id: select.monthly_energy
      data:
        option: "{{ tariff }}"

Assuming your utility provider cycle is offset from the last day of the month

  • cycles at 17h00 on the last day of the month

a cron(extended syntax used for last day of month) based utility meter can be used:

utility_meter:
  monthly_energy:
    source: sensor.energy
    name: Monthly Energy
    cron: "0 17 L * *"

Advanced Configuration for DSMR users

When using the DSMR component to get data from the utility meter, each tariff (peak and off-peak) has a separate sensor. Additionally, there is a separate sensor for gas consumption. The meter switches automatically between tariffs, so an automation is not necessary in this case. But, you do have to setup a few more instances of the utility_meter component.

If you want to create a daily and monthly sensor for each tariff, you have to track separate sensors:

  • sensor.energy_consumption_tarif_1 for tarif 1 power (for example off-peak)
  • sensor.energy_consumption_tarif_2 for tarif 2 power (for example peak)
  • sensor.gas_consumption for gas consumption

So, tracking daily and monthly consumption for each sensor, will require setting up 6 entries under the utility_meter component.

utility_meter:
  daily_energy_offpeak:
    source: sensor.energy_consumption_tarif_1
    name: Daily Energy (Offpeak)
    cycle: daily
  daily_energy_peak:
    source: sensor.energy_consumption_tarif_2
    name: Daily Energy (Peak)
    cycle: daily
  daily_gas:
    source: sensor.gas_consumption
    name: Daily Gas
    cycle: daily
  monthly_energy_offpeak:
    source: sensor.energy_consumption_tarif_1
    name: Monthly Energy (Offpeak)
    cycle: monthly
  monthly_energy_peak:
    source: sensor.energy_consumption_tarif_2
    name: Monthly Energy (Peak)
    cycle: monthly
  monthly_gas:
    source: sensor.gas_consumption
    name: Monthly Gas
    cycle: monthly

Additionally, you can add template sensors to compute daily and monthly total usage. Important note, in these examples, we use the is_number() function to verify the values returned from the sensors are numeric. If this evalutes to false, None is returned.

template:
  - sensor:
    - name: 'Daily Energy Total'
      device_class: energy
      unit_of_measurement: kWh
      state: >
        {% if is_number(states('sensor.daily_energy_offpeak')) and is_number(states('sensor.daily_energy_peak')) %}
          {{ states('sensor.daily_energy_offpeak') | float + states('sensor.daily_energy_peak') | float }}
        {% else %}
          None
        {% endif %}

    - name: 'Monthly Energy Total'
      device_class: energy
      unit_of_measurement: kWh
      state: >
        {% if is_number(states('sensor.monthly_energy_offpeak')) and is_number(states('sensor.monthly_energy_peak')) %}
          {{ states('sensor.monthly_energy_offpeak') | float + states('sensor.monthly_energy_peak') | float }}
        {% else %}
          None
        {% endif %}