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The Energy Detective TED 5000 Home Electricty Monitor Kits

What is TED?

When you want to lose weight, you track your changes with a scale. When you ride in a taxi, you monitor your ride with the taxi meter. When you want to track electricity, you save with The Energy Detective (TED). TED is an in-home electricity monitor that provides real-time data in an easy-to-understand manner. TED permanently installs in your breaker panel and gives you instant feedback on your electricity usage.

How does TED work?

TED quickly and easily installs in your home's breaker panel. By connecting two sensor clamps around the incoming power conductors that feed your panel, TED measures the flow of electricity within your home. Information is sent over existing electrical wiring in the home to the compact wall-plug Gateway. You can then view real-time data on the wireless display or via a computer and/or smartphone.

How Does TED Save?

The Energy Detective has a variety of features to help consumers save electricity around the home.

TED 5000 Wireless Display

Wireless Display

Use the optional wireless handheld display (available with all "C-model" units) to instantly discover phantom loads, check usage of individual appliances, and see the difference turning a switch on/off really makes. Instantly and conveniently view real-time electricity usage, voltage, and your projected monthly bill.
TED 5000 Wireless Display

Text/Email Alerts

Use TED Advisor, a Footprints Software-based program that allows you to receive instant text message/email alerts, based on user-defined parameters. Whether you want to receive one text message a month when you are about to exceed your budget, or a daily text message stating your highest voltage reading for the day, you have the power to set what you want, when you want it.
TED 5000 Footprints Software

Footprints Software

Use TED's interactive Footprints Software (embedded in all TED units) to chart and graph usage, view historical data and trends, set up TED Advisor text messaging/e-mail alerts, enter local utility-rate information, and create load profiles for individual appliances. Easily export data!

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TED Third Party Apps

Third Party Applications

Use one of TED's third-party apps to view real-time electricity data remotely. View interactive charts and graphs, set alerts, and receive instant data on your computer/laptop, iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and other Internet-enabled devices.

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What's Included:
  • Software installation CD is NOT included in the box. To install the TED 5000, you need to download the software directly from the manufacturer's website which you can download by clicking here.
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TED 5000 Email/Text Alerts

Instant Text/EMail Alerts

Want to receive an alert as soon as your rate changes, or if you're getting close to your budget? Receive instant email/text message alerts with TED Advisor. Simply set your customized parameter(s) in TED's Footprints Software and receive alerts as often as you'd like!
TED View Data Remotely

View Data Remotely

Want to view electricity data for a vacation home, or while you're on the go? TED allows you to view data on your home computer and/or on an optional wireless Display. And, if you have Internet service, you can view data on any Internet-enabled device with one of our third party apps.
TED Monitor Individual Appliances

Monitor Individual Appliances

Want to monitor an individual appliance, such as your HVAC or Hot Water Heater? TED's Load Profile Wizard is a software-based program that learns how much electricity an appliance uses when it's off/on. TED will track up to five individual appliances and provide you daily total usage, and associated costs.
TED 5000 Easily Export Data

Easily Export Data

Want to export and store your data to share with others, or to create your own charts and graphs? Even though TED stores up to 10 years of data, you can instantly export -Second, -Minute, -Hour, -Day, and Month-data to a CSV (Excel) file at any time.
TED Monthly Bill Projection

Monthly Bill Projection

Want to have an accurate estimate of what your electricity bill will be this month? TED's intuitive Utility Setup Wizard allows you to enter your own utility rate structure, resulting in a very accurate bill projection.
TED Interactive Charts and Graphs

Interactive Charts and Graphs

Want to receive accurate data on your electricity usage, CO2 emissions, and voltage readings? TED provides data updates every second, with a sensitivity of one-watt and +/- 2% accuracy. TED's interactive Footprints Software creates real-time charts and graphs to help you visualize data and see trends.

TED 5000 Specifications:

  • Intuitive, simple setup directly from Computer
  • Compatible with Windows PC, Mac & Linux
  • Wireless hand-held display (optional)
  • Backlit display (optional)
  • Rechargeable Battery - no batteries to change
  • Accurate to within 2%
  • User can customize displays
  • Adjustable sensitivity - user can adjust down to ONE WATT
  • View real-time energy data remotely via Internet or mobile device
  • Optional Solar/Wind Package - Net-Metering capability
  • Receives signal from multiple sources
  • Ties into Home Automation Systems
  • Stores detailed data for export to computer
  • Accommodates all rate structures - flat, tiered, time-of-use, demand, seasonal (4 seasons), weekend/holiday, or any mix of structures!
  • ANSI/UL (1244) Approved
  • CAN/CSA (C22.2) Approved

TED Software Options:

There are a variety of Third-Party Applications for both PC and Mobile Devices that allow you to plot and analyze the data from your TED-5000

Learn more about these applications here

Mobile OS Apps


is a free smart phone application that is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. An interactive dial shows real-time electricity usage.

People Power 1.0

is a free energy manager app available for Smartphones that provides real-time insight, choice, and control over household energy use. It integrates with the TED 5000 Gateway™ through a simple set-up and connects to People Power’s analysis software to deliver useful information anytime, anywhere.

MiraWatt T5K

allows you to view power usage data on your iPhone. A simple swipe gesture on your iPhone will change the view from Hour, Day, Week, etc.


is a mobile application for iOS and Android OS devices such as the iPhone and Droid phone models for monitoring energy usage in conjunction with our TED 5000 series. You can monitor your home and or business energy usage while-on-the-go or the help figure out about how much that new appliance you turned on uses in energy!

TED 5000

is a free mobile application for the iPhone that provides current Power and Cost, as well as average power and cost for the billing cycle. The user can refresh their energy data anytime by clicking the refresh button.


is an energy monitoring application for TED 5000 users on Android. This application allows you to view MTUs independently, which is great for consumers with solar or wind installations.


is a mobile application for HP/Palm webOS devices, such as the Palm Pre and the Palm Pixi. TEDisplay works with your TED 5000 to monitor energy usage directly on your phone. TEDisplay supports multi-MTU configurations with access to just about every data value available from the TED 5000. And, with a properly configured home network, you can monitor your energy usage from just about anywhere!

Desktop Applications


Is a free cloud based energy monitoring and management tool. Features interactive graphs that show real time energy use. View individual appliance energy consumption, simple pie charts show appliance-level breakdown of energy bill. No additional hardware plug level sensors required. Provides personalized recommendations on saving money. Features timely alerts that avoid unexpected high energy bills.


Is a free application that features cloud-based algorithms to analyze your TED data and provide appliance-level insight, feedback and recommendations to help save money on your electric bills.

Reduce electricity usage by up to 50%. Recieve custoimized money-saving recommendations and tips. PlotWatt Energy Dashboard consolidates energy information. Electricity usage presented in an easy-to-understand format.


Available in both Free and Pro versions, MyEragy is an electricity monitoring platform that allows homeowners to check the details of their energy consumption to best understand how they can reduce their electricity bills.

Easily monitor energy generated by solar, wind, and gas generators. Eragy's proprietary Utility Rate Engine helps users understand rates. Email and text/SMS alerts including usage and cost budget overruns. Set rate alerts such as when a rate tier is about to be exceeded.

People Power 1.0:

A free intelligent iPhone and Android Smartphone application that helps manage your personal energy use to save money.

Set daily and monthly budgets, along with alarm alerts. Compare energy usage with others in your area. Take energy quizzes to learn how to save more electricity. Post Facebook updates with your electricity usage. View accurate projections of monthly bills.

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One of the first free applications that allows you to view tour TED 5000 electricity data remotely on the web. Shows detailed historical data with different resolutions. View interactive graphs and locate energy hogs. See instant updates while you explore your usage.

TED the Toolbar:

TED the Toolbar is a Firefox only toolbar that allows you to view real-time energy data from your TED system while you surf the Web. Shows historical data and projected monthly bill. View graphs on electricity usage for detailed data. See instant updates on the top of the page while you surf the web.
Popularity: 73.30%
Customer Ratings: 3.4 of 5 (18 reviews)
Recommended: YES: 13  |  NO: 0
Very good
February 06, 2012

The Good:
Really accurate

The Bad:

The Bottom Line:
Would recommend to others

TED 5000
December 07, 2010

The Good:
This unit does everything it promises.

The Bad:
After an electricity outing I could not get my footprints back and had to look for a new link.

The Bottom Line:
Highly recommended

November 21, 2010

The Good:
Instalation was relatively easy to follow. I had 3 MTU on my system. One main, one solar and one on seperate meter for hot water

The Bad:
Getting the signal to the gateway was a little hard. I ended up connecting the gateway on directly to a plug mounted under the main box and runnibg a cable to my router

The Bottom Line:
Relatively smooth installation

Ted 5000
October 21, 2010

The Good:
I can view the usage from any where as long as I am logged on to google. I like how the report tells me if I am going over budget or under.

The Bad:
The display units is not in sync with current data. If I am watching the usage on the computer it changes as I turn on appliances but display is delayed at least 5 minutes.

The Bottom Line:
Excellent Product. The first month I reduced my electricity bill by $100 and heading to next month even more.

Your Patience Will Be Rewarded
October 18, 2010

The Good:
The data collection is accurate and frequent, and the software works well enough.

The Bad:
The installation can be trying. Line noise and other problems took me a couple weeks to work out fully.

The Bottom Line:
As others have noted, this is the only product like this that I am aware of. If you want real time monitoring of your electrical use (or, like me, your solar array), this is the product you need to get and you need to work through the installation headaches.

Ted5000 Installation
October 16, 2010

The Good:
Very easy, no problems encountered following all directions.

The Bad:
Had a few problems with noisy circuits but also corrected easily. Gateway unit failed a week after flawless use.

The Bottom Line:
Worked as advertised and connected to Google Power meter without any problem.

Great product
June 25, 2010

The Good:
Allows you to monitor your energy usage/generation in ways that is not otherwise possible. Probably the best on the market. Very feature rich for the cost.

The Bad:
Lots of software bugs. Expect to have to apply new firmware releases for awhile until they get all the bugs worked out.

The Bottom Line:
It's a great product and worth the money for anybody trying to be conscious of their energy usage

Hardware works as expected, software falls short in some respects
June 22, 2010

The Good:
TED collects far more frequent data from my PV system than is possible "by hand" and makes it possible to diagnose system performance and catch problems (of which, I have had none that weren't caused by my utility's poor line voltage control).

The Bad:
The Footprints software has internal calculational errors (bad PF and occasional inconsistencies between short-term data and daily summaries). The Google powermeter is not useful for me because it requires 24/7 Internet connection(!) even though TED maintains a local data store that could transmit missing data during network uptimes.

The Bottom Line:
This appears to be the most cost-effective method at present for collecting household energy usage information. It will doubtless improve as the manufacturer (and Google?) gains experience and revises its software.

The exceptional TED 5000
June 02, 2010

The Good:
1. Ease of monitering my energy consumption. 2. Having downloadable records of energy consumption. 3. Ability to test Hard Wired items with the hand held display. 4. With the ability to monitor hardwired items instantly for consumption I have cut my power bill by 1/2 in the first month. 5. Ability to determine if my power meter is accurate.

The Bad:

The Bottom Line:
Excellent energy saving product everyone should have one.

TED500 great
May 21, 2010

The Good:
user interface on PC, data hisorian, LAN accessable, small footprint, easy to install

The Bad:
Problem with noice immunity of AC power lines to comunicate with gateway from AC panel interface (MCU)

The Bottom Line:
Great prodyct that will allow people to determine the actual cost to run or not run specific appliances. Even more beneficial if you have time of day usage rates that are favourable on off ours.

Does knowing you electric usage change your consumptions habits?
May 12, 2010

The Good:
See your electric consumption in real time and see how different products use energy See your electric usage history without having to run a computer Good tool to find energy vampires if you combine it with a kill-a-watt tool or similar Software has many features API is open enough for other people to write software that work with TED Active s

The Bad:
The installation might be more complicated that you first think. Software has bugs I had interference problems

The Bottom Line:
Having long term history with high granularity without having to run a computer to get it; was more important to me than the installation and communication interference that you might get instead

TED 5000 Review
April 12, 2010

The Good:
Seems fairly accurate, WEB page dashboard is cool. Easy hardware installation. The dashboard can be set up to read negative easily for those of uswho occasionally generate more power than we use.

The Bad:
Hard to set up communications, google meter doesn't work. Need better instructions, had to find solutions for Apple set ups buried in blogs and user groups. Power Bill Tiers not reset daily PG&E E7 TOU metering) Idle Power from mains to solar inverter reads negative at night. (It's only 20 watts though).

The Bottom Line:
Hardware installation easy, network installation daunting. Needs more customization features for measurements and data collection.

Great Product
April 12, 2010

The Good:
Love this little gadget. Easy to set up. Had some noise problem with the gateway being by my computer, but I picked up a noise filter and it fixed the problem. The ap for the iPhone is a great way to monitor what your house is doing while you are away.

The Bad:
The display is a little weak. Short battery life and all the info I can get on my iPhone.

The Bottom Line:
A must have for anyone looking to reduce their electric bills. I've found out some of the hidden power hogs and turn them off when not being used. Not much individually, but the cumulative effect can be quite a savings.
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