The Tibber Pulse screens show what's actually happening to you energy consumption and main phases in real time👌
So what can you tell from this?
Let's go through the two views at the top of this screen - one for Consumption 📈 and one for Phases 📊 but also what the Notices function does and what you can or should do in different scenarios👍
The time graph shows your consumption pattern up to the last 24 hours on both iOS and Android. This allows you to scroll horizontally back in time to see what happened to your home's energy consumption and track what's happened and why. Or zoom in/out for longer/shorter timespans.
The cards at the bottom of the screen scrolls horizontally and contains all the most vital information for a quick overview and are clickable for access to more in-depth information.
This graph shows you the current load for each phase in the colors 🟢🟠🔴 depending on how close to the max ampere (displayed above each bar) your consumption is. It allows for a good overview of the state of each phase. Underneath you can also see historical data on date and time for phase overload in the last 30 days.
In the Tibber app under My account ➡ Push notifications you can choose to activate notifications in case of a fuse overload and we recommend you to do so. A fuse overload is usually not a big deal but can happen when you run many of devices connected to the same phase at the same time. However it's good to keep an eye out if they occur often as you might want an electrician to rebalance the loads to avoid it from happening.
With the main fuse overload notification setting activated Tibber will send you a push notification as soon as an overload occurs and you can also see the overload history in both the real time phase load screen and in notification history under My account ➡ Push notifications.
What are fuses and phases?
A fuse is a little device that monitors load on the cables it is guarding. If the load exceeds the rate of the fuse it "trips", meaning it breaks the circuit so no electricity can flow through it.
Phases is another word for cables, usually used to describe the cable/cables carrying electricity from the power grid to your home.
What does it mean when my fuse overloads?
Often it overloads simply because you run too many devices on the same fuse simultaneously. Usually, a fuse can handle loads greater than it's rated for, for shorter periods of time. So as long as your fuse does not trip and cut the power to all devices connected to it you probably have nothing to worry about.
And just because a fuse has been tripped once it doesn't mean that it will do so again on a regular basis, so firstly try to change or reset your fuses (make sure you've got spares in the right size if you use Diazed fuses). If it doesn't reoccur often, contacting an electrician might not be needed.
However, if your fuse trips regularly you should contact an electrician to possibly rebalance the loads on your fuses as you might have too many high-consuming devices that you regularly run simultaneously on the same fuse. Or exchange the fuse to one with a higher rating if possible.
My app keeps notifying me that a fuse is overloaded, what do I do?
In the Tibber app, go to Home ➡ Pulse now ➡ Phases. Here, you can see the current load on each phase. Red means the load is in the danger zone, or close to it, but keep in mind that loads frequently change so it might be yellow when you check, or green even if you recently got a notification.
A good starting point is to check the history on the bottom of the screen, which tells you when the last overload happened. Then, try to remember if you were doing something at the time when it happened. Did you maybe do laundry, dishes, cooking and/or maybe you charged your car? If more of these are on the same phase, it will be overloaded more easily, which will then trigger a notification. If you receive them frequently, try to spread out your consumption to reduce the load on the phases.
If you still receive notifications about high load, check that the fuse size is set correctly. In your app, go to Home > Pulse now and tap the cog wheel ⚙️. There, you can check "Main fuse size". If this is set lower than your actual main fuse size, it could trigger a notification more often.
Can Tibber actively help me avoid overloads?
Yes, with a paired Pulse combined with an integrated charger (Easee or Zaptec) Tibber can automatically reduce the charging speed of your vehicle if we detect that your fuse risks an overload.
Why are there so many and regular peaks in my Pulse graph?
Usually this is due to one or more direct effect heating device are switched on. Common devices of this type includes:
Air-to-air heat pumps
Hot water tanks
Electric floor heating