Rename the Energy dashboard to "Utilities" to make it include readings for all public utility resources, including electricity, gas, heating, and water

Posting this as a new request as moderator suggested that in the Energy: water usage feature request for also adding water usage to the Energy dashboard where people argue that “water is not energy”.

Please consider renaming the Energy dashboard to “Utility” to cover the consumption of all utilities delivered by any utility service/company and not make it limited to only management of power and energy meters but also include other public utility consumables such as Electricity, Gas, Heating, and Water metering.

What is wanted is a dashboard with capability of tracking all consumption of public utilities, inc. energy.

The utility meter integration in Home Assistant already provides functionality to track consumptions of various utilities (e.g., energy, gas, water, heating) so it is technically not strictly limited to “energy”.

See example for example Ireland’s goverment web page listing “utilities” which include; Gas, Electricity, Water, Household waste disposal (both communal sewage and garbage), Telecoms, and Internet.

In the future maybe it will even include categories for other services that have consumption meter and tariffs cost when they require public infrastructure, like communication systems (telephone and internet service).

I agree. I love the Energy Dashboard and would love to add my water consumption to it, or a similar dashboard.

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I would rather make the energy panel customizable, name it in my native language, adjust the size of the cards, change the colors.

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I think this is another kind of request: you can already create your own energy tab
see documentation here Energy Cards - Home Assistant

Yes, I tried them, but I couldn’t find a way to edit them, resize them, color them, and overwrite the panel name.
It’s not nice on a wall tablet.

VOTE!
Technically water isn’t energy but in real life they really belong together!

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Going to add my vote for this as well. It’s possible to track water usage today (as many of us do) via interfaces such as MQTT. But the energy dashboard has taken things to a whole new level with long term statistics and allowing data to be seen daily, weekly, monthly, etc. without having to create separate sensors for each of those data points.

I fully support the idea brought up by others to improve the Energy dashboard by adapting it to be more of a Utility dashboard. Many of us want the dual goals of being more environmentally aware and saving money (nice how those two thing normally go together). If the tools introduced with the energy dashboard were to be extended to other utilities (water in my case - which should be no surprise because I live in drought-stricken Southern California) this task would be made a lot easier.

Also worth mentioning is that the energy dashboard is one of the innovations that makes Home Assistant a true standout over most home automation platforms. The idea of rising above the various integrations to offer meaningful insight into the data. One of the many reasons I enjoy the platform.

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Water metering should be made into a first-class citizen in a common utility dashboard as standard.

It might therefore make for a stong argument to mention all these new(ish) cool water metering devices:

Phyn - Water Leak Detector and Water Usage Monitoring System made by Uponor and Belkin

https://www.phyn.com

Flo by Moen - Smart Home Water Security System

https://meetflo.com

GROHE Sense Guard - Smart Water Controller

https://www.grohe.us/Smarthome/sense-guard

Flume 2 - Smart Home Water Monitor

https://flumewater.com

Yes. Add water !

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I just got Flo by Moen and I agree I want to see it on the energy dashboard, or rename it utility dashboard. Would love to be able to predict some of my bills.

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This follows idea that any utility == utility, so should not matter if utility is energy, gas, water, or heating.

The utility meter integration is a generic example and thus would be nice if dashboard is also generic:

https://www.home-assistant.io/integrations/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)."

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Please Add Water

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For some past experience: The Smappee energy monitor began as an electricity monitor, then added gas and water. The Flukso monitor tracks electricity, gas and water.

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+1
please support water consumption

Maybe call it Energy+Utilities or Energy+Ressources?

Yes, I really like the current energy tab, but it is a pity that you cannot add e.g. Water consumption or other energy sources like heat (warm-water net measured in GJ).
So it would be great to rename the Energy tab to ‘Utility’ and add the possibility to also configure other meters to be used on this overview.

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I also vote for the renaming of the energy dashboard to utility, and add the possibility to measure cold water usage and hot water usage (solar boiler or heated water from the central heating).

Also some people don’t have gas but use hot water provided by the city to warm their house’s. So it’s only fair that even when not renaming the dashboard, water should be seen as energy. Just like gas is seen as energy

Utility dashboard to include water sounds great

I also want water to be added to energy/utility dashboard.
Would also be nice if hot water storage was added (for solar PV systems without battery that heat up water).

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Water Management
@Gamester17
Hard agree with this - I could imagine Heat and Electricity coming together under “Energy”, but “Water Management” would make sense as a seperate section… tools for integrating leak detection and cold water shutoff e.t.c. Also, domestic hot water… How much is there in the tank? Calculate “how many hot baths / showers” have you got left e.t.c. Also some larger premises will have pumped DHW return. This would also be good to integrate… presence detection triggered rather than timer e.t.c.

Energy Management
One function that would be good to see on Home Assistant is energy management to keep consumption below a certain level…
There are several important use cases and integration within the energy dashboard would be a reall good…
e.g. A house has a 20kVA incoming supply… but there are lots of appliances and an EV to be charged… if everything is running at once, there is the potential to overload the incoming supply… have a “pecking order” of devices so that you can modulate the energy consumed according to what is most important. With all of the data being collected by the energy panel, this would seem a logical place to be able to assign some sort of priority order. Moreover, if homes have a UPS backup generator, this energy management becomes more important ensuring in the event of grid failure, you turn off the least essential things. I think this would add real value to have this integrated into the HA core.

Heating Sources
@lexvdpoel
Also - many are connected to the gas grid, some have district heating… others have oil tanks or wood pellet stores… encompassing a broader range of domestic heating fuels would be really useful.

Sankey Diagrams
I love the natty little animation with dots going from place to place, and quantities e.t.c.
Another cool auto-generated diagram would be a “Sankey Diagram”.



Grafana will allow the creation of Sankey Panels:

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