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d0t:
I'd like to request a new feature - in the web UI's Basic Info > Installation page, have an option to select the desired power consumption of the entire LinuxMCE system (ie Green/Balanced/Performance).  This option might also be available in the orbiter, or configurable programmatically (dcerouter/C++), or even just based on the current house mode.  If set for Green, LinuxMCE switches all Orbiters to a dark theme, aggressively powers down MDs, blanks screens, dismounts storage, reduces/increases climate temp based on outside temp, turns off A/V gear, etc.  Balanced is the standard setting, but should be tuned beyond the current 8.10b2, which seems to run the flickr screensaver constantly.  Performance would automatically start devices in the areas around your location/level based on your location in the floorplan (ie for large installs), quickly engage perimeter lighting, use all unused displays for the flickr screensaver, etc.

This introduces new useful scenarios in which you want your homes power mode to switch to green when your away for an extended period of time, time of day, etc, or when you want your home in performance mode for party/demonstration situations.  I think this is a very useful and marketable feature that could potentially reduce the carbon footprint of large installs and potentially LinuxMCE users overall, while expanding the already obvious existing cool factor.  More brainstorming is certainly needed...  Chime in if you can ;)
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golgoj4:

--- Quote from: d0t on April 28, 2010, 09:55:45 am ---I'd like to request a new feature - in the web UI's Basic Info > Installation page, have an option to select the desired power consumption of the entire LinuxMCE system (ie Green/Balanced/Performance).  This option might also be available in the orbiter, or configurable programmatically (dcerouter/C++), or even just based on the current house mode.  If set for Green, LinuxMCE switches all Orbiters to a dark theme, aggressively powers down MDs, blanks screens, dismounts storage, reduces/increases climate temp based on outside temp, turns off A/V gear, etc.  Balanced is the standard setting, but should be tuned beyond the current 8.10b2, which seems to run the flickr screensaver constantly.  Performance would automatically start devices in the areas around your location/level based on your location in the floorplan (ie for large installs), quickly engage perimeter lighting, use all unused displays for the flickr screensaver, etc.

This introduces new useful scenarios in which you want your homes power mode to switch to green when your away for an extended period of time, time of day, etc, or when you want your home in performance mode for party/demonstration situations.  I think this is a very useful and marketable feature that could potentially reduce the carbon footprint of large installs and potentially LinuxMCE users overall, while expanding the already obvious existing cool factor.  More brainstorming is certainly needed...  Chime in if you can ;)
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I think making available what the current power usage is, as opposed to an automated aggressive power management scheme. This is also something ive thought about. Just going to highlight some ideas

Power Usage
Currently, there is no easy way to get real time power monitoring devices around the house unless you wired it with that consideration in mind. Then there could be sensors and whatnot that could be theoretically connected to linuxMCE. So that option is kaput


I was thinking along the lines of
-List room by room, both linuxMCE connected and not linuxMCE connected, the devices and their power consumption in that room. Tedious? hell yes.
BUT
we at least have a basic power consumption tally. Then depending on what is controlled by linuxMCE can be possible scaled down / back.

Just the beginning of an idea :)

golgoj4

tschak909:
go for it.

-Thom

apagg:

--- Quote ---I was thinking along the lines of
-List room by room, both linuxMCE connected and not linuxMCE connected, the devices and their power consumption in that room. Tedious? hell yes.
BUT
we at least have a basic power consumption tally. Then depending on what is controlled by linuxMCE can be possible scaled down / back.
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I actual started working on something along those lines yesterday :)

What I have done so fare is make the datalogger_pugin record all state changes. I am then planing to use the information and the amount of power I know each device consume to monitor energy consumption.

At the moment I am testing to see if the information recorded is usable. I am not sure all the devices reports are reliable.

tschak909:
apagg has the right idea, anyone else wishing to work on this, coordinate with him.

-Thom

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