Introduction: Yun Based Electricity Monitor With Cloud Support / Temboo and Google Drive

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This Instructable shows how to make an Electricity Monitor for your home that utilises some of the key capabilities of the Arduino Yun that make it an Ideal choice for Cloud Enabled sensor projects such as this.

Features :

  • WiFi connection allows continuous monitoring of Power Consumed
  • Utilises TEMBOO for Cloud Support with Google APIs
  • Cloud Support: Writes Power Consumption to a Google Drive Spreadsheet
  • Graphing, analysis etc.. available via Google Spreadsheet

A nice feature of the project is that the monitoring is flexible and it's completely wireless (except for the Current Transformer of course), allowing continuous monitoring from a PC or phone and permanent storage on the Cloud.

Measured accuracy was 6% (typical), which is excellent for such a simple circuit. Even better accuracy was observed after calibration.

Let's Go....


By the way. If you like this Instructable, you might also like to read My Blog covering various projects and Tutorials.


Step 1: You Will Need

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You will Need :
  • Arduino Yun
  • Current Transformer (e.g. SCT-013-030)
  • 2 x 10kOhm Resistors
  • 1x 47uF Capacitor
  • Some wires, Breadboard
  • A 5V Power Supply for the Yun (I used a Smart Phone Charger).

Step 2: Make the Circuit

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The circuit is very simple. It consists of a Voltage Divider to bias the ADC of the Arduino to a DC Voltage and Voltage Output Current Transformer to add an AC Voltage proportional to the AC Current flowing in the Cable. The Capacitor forms a Low Pass filter with the resistors to remove noise.

Lots more details are available at the Open Energy Monitor Project.

Build the Circuit as shown here.

Step 3: Arduino Yun / Temboo

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If you haven't previously configured your Yun or you've Reset its configuration.
When the Yun is unconfigured it presents itself as a Wifi Access Point (AP). You connect to that AP from a Wifi Enabled device (e.g. Laptop or Phone) and configure it from it's default IP address (

Full Details from Arduino here:

We'll also be using Temboo. So you'll need to get yourself an account here :

Temboo gives us a simple way to access Google APIs. It even gives you the code you need for Arduino (or your fav. programming language for non-Arduino use).

Step 4: Electricity Measurement

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The Current Transformer produces a current proportional to the current flowing though it's magnetic circuit.
The proportion of the current in the cable that you get in the transformer is equal to the turns ratio.
For example : Current = 30A (rms) , Turns Ratio = 1800 => Transformer Current = 30/1800 = 16.67mA (rms)
The SCT013-030 includes a 62 Ohm resistor in parallel with the transformer, making it a Voltage Output type.
At 30A in the example above, that corresponds to an output Voltage of 16.67mA x 62 Ohms = 1V (rms)
See the datasheet HERE.

Make sure the Current Transformer is only around the Live or Neutral NOT BOTH. If it's around both the magnetic flux in both the Live an Neutral will cancel to yield zero current in the Transformer.

I installed the Current Probe in the Main Circuit Breaker of the House as shown. Obviously make sure to replace the Housing. You should NOT leave Electrical cables exposed. It's not safe.

WARNING: Please be Sensible about this. This exposes LIVE Electrical cables that puts you at risk of DEATH by Electrocution. Please proceed at your OWN RISK and if in any doubt consult a registered Electrical Contractor to install the Current Transformer for you.

Step 5: Arduino Measurement Routine

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The Complete Arduino Code involves:
  • For 5 Seconds
  1. Take a Sample from the ADC
  2. Filter Out the DC component from the potential Divider Circuit and noise using a Digital Band Pass Filter
  3. Calculate the Mean Square (MS)  Value of the current (i.e. square the values and get the running Average)
  4. Calculate the RMS value from the MS value by square-rooting it.
  5. Multiply by the RMS Voltage (230V in Ireland / UK ; 110V in the USA).
  6. Scale to allow for the Current transformer gain and ADC.
Here's the relevant code section
void loop() {
  // send the value of analog input 0:
  r2 = r1;
  r1 = r0;
  r0 = analogRead(A0);
  u2 = u1;
  u1 = u0;
  // 0.5Hz to 200Hz Band Pass Filter
  u0 = 0.2929*(r0-r2) + 1.411*u1 -0.4142*u2;
  v = u0;

  // Calculate Mean-Square Current (Amps)
  AMS = 0.99*AMS +0.01*v*v;
  // Calculate Root-Mean-Square (Amps)
  Arms = sqrt(AMS);
  // Convert to RMS Power:
  // Multipy by 230V (rms)
  // 30*5/1024  accounts for the gain of the Current Transformer and ADC
  Prms = 230*30*Arms*5/1024;
The Digital Filter Calculation probably deserves a special mention.
You don't need to understand it to do the project but you might find it interesting.
It's implemented in the following line of code:
u0 = 0.2929*(r0-r2) + 1.411*u1 -0.4142*u2;

It is an IIR filter because it operates on input values (past and present) and its own output values (past and present). The Response of the BPF is shown above.
Its z-domain Pole/Zero Transfer Function is:
0.2929 (z+1)(z-1)

A similar technique is used to filter the Current Readings to yield the Mean-Square Current value.
AMS = 0.99*AMS +0.01*v*v;

This is simply a low pass filter to form a long term average of its input (v^2).

Step 6: Monitoring the Output

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See the Console Window Output as shown in the Picture. The Arduino Code Outputs the RMS Power to the Console every 5 seconds.

The Console is located in the Arduino IDE as though you're opening a Serial Monitor Window. But when you have an Arduino Yun connected over IP by Tools -> Port this opens the Console instead.

You can access the Console output from your Smart Phone. I use JuiceSSH for Android.
Just setup an SSH connection to your Yun. The default credentials are:
Username : root
Password: arduino

Once logged into the Yun type : telnet localhost 6571

Now your Power Readings will appear on the JuiceSSH Console every 5 seconds.

The Google Docs Spreadsheet is written Once Per Hour. Because the Power is averaged over an Hour the Data in the Spreadsheet will be in Watt Hours.

NOTE: You need to Create a Spreadsheet first with the same name as referred to in the code:
const String SPREADSHEET_TITLE = "ElectricityUsage";
Also, don't forget that the Spreadsheet Columns need names in the first row to avoid errors. See the Picture from Temboo previously.

   Make sure the Monitor reads close to Zero when the Transformer is not connected to the mains cable. Mine read 16Watts. This converts back to 69mA in the mains cable (16W/230V). Therefore the transformer current is 69mA/1800 = 38uA , and the Transformer output Voltage is 38uA * 62 Ohms = 2.4mV . This is equivalent to 1/2 LSB of the ADC which is an excellent result; well within the expected accuracy.

   Calibrate the Monitor by running it for a day and comparing with the energy consumption recorded on your home's Electricity meter. Multiply the Prms calculation by this factor so they agree. My system accuracy was -6%. Which is excellent. Nevertheless I add a 1.06 CAL factor to correct for this.

Step 7: OK. So Here's the Code

#include <Console.h>
#include <Temboo.h>
#include <Process.h>


// Note that for additional security and reusability, you could
// use #define statements to specify these values in a .h file.

const String GOOGLE_USERNAME = "";
const String GOOGLE_PASSWORD = "3e3we3w";
#define TEMBOO_ACCOUNT "aSSdazx"  // your Temboo account name 
#define TEMBOO_APP_KEY_NAME "myFirstApp"  // your Temboo app key name
#define TEMBOO_APP_KEY  "ccdfddd-uuuuu"  // your Temboo app key

// the title of the spreadsheet you want to send data to
// (Note that this must actually be the title of a Google spreadsheet
// that exists in your Google Drive/Docs account, and is configured
// as described above.)
const String SPREADSHEET_TITLE = "ElectricityUsage";

int r0, r1, r2, u0, u1, u2, v , i= 0;
unsigned long time;
float Arms, AMS, Prms, Ptot, vf = 0;
float CAL = 1.05;

Process date;                 // process used to get the date

void setup() {
  // initialize communication:
  time = millis();
  if (!date.running())  {

void loop() {
  // send the value of analog input 0:
  r2 = r1;
  r1 = r0;
  r0 = analogRead(A0);
  u2 = u1;
  u1 = u0;
  // 0.5Hz to 200Hz Band Pass Filter
  u0 = 0.2929*(r0-r2) + 1.411*u1 -0.4142*u2;
  v = u0;

  // Calculate Mean-Square Current (Amps)
  AMS = 0.99*AMS +0.01*v*v;
  // Calculate Root-Mean-Square (Amps)
  Arms = sqrt(AMS);
  // Convert to RMS Power:
  // Multipy by 230V (rms)
  // 30*5/1024 is the accounts for the gain of the Current Transformer and ADC
  Prms = 230*30*Arms*5/1024*CAL;
 // Gather data for 5 seconds 
  if (millis() - time > 5000)
    // Print the RMS Power in the last 5 seconds to the Console
    Console.print("Prms = ");
    if (i == 719) {
      // As we just gathered 1 hour's readings this in in kWh
      Ptot = Ptot/720;
      // we need a Process object to send a Choreo request to Temboo
      TembooChoreo AppendRowChoreo;
      // invoke the Temboo client
      // NOTE that the client must be reinvoked and repopulated with
      // appropriate arguments each time its run() method is called.
      // set Temboo account credentials
      // identify the Temboo Library choreo to run (Google > Spreadsheets > AppendRow)
      // set the required Choreo inputs
      // see 
      // for complete details about the inputs for this Choreo
      // your Google username (usually your email address)
      AppendRowChoreo.addInput("Username", GOOGLE_USERNAME);
      // your Google account password
      AppendRowChoreo.addInput("Password", GOOGLE_PASSWORD);
      // the title of the spreadsheet you want to append to
      // NOTE: substitute your own value, retaining the "SpreadsheetTitle:" prefix.
      AppendRowChoreo.addInput("SpreadsheetTitle", SPREADSHEET_TITLE);
      // restart the date process:
      if (!date.running())  {
      // convert the time and sensor values to a comma separated string
      String timeString = date.readString(); 
      String rowData(timeString);
      rowData += ",";
      rowData += Ptot;
      // add the RowData input item
      AppendRowChoreo.addInput("RowData", rowData);
      // run the Choreo and wait for the results
      // The return code (returnCode) will indicate success or failure 
      unsigned int returnCode =;
      // return code of zero (0) means success
      if (returnCode == 0) {
        Console.println("Success! Appended " + rowData);
      } else {
        // return code of anything other than zero means failure  
        // read and display any error messages
        while (AppendRowChoreo.available()) {
          char c =;
      i = 0;
      Ptot = 0;
    else {
    time = millis();


fredyl7 (author)2017-05-09

Your explanations are really clear, that's a great tutorial, thanks for it :-)

I know you said we "don't need to understand the Digital Filter calculation", but I'm stuck on it.. That's so cool that I need to understand it (in 50hz sinusoidal only)

Can you explain it precisely ? How did you find all factors 0.2929, 1.4411 and 0.4142 ?

(like your Mean-Square Current calculation factors 0.99 and 0.01 too)

All physics courses I found are too complicated for me, too generals.

Do you have any good tutorial or course to recommend to me, specifics to 50hz sinusoidal, IIR filter and signal digitizing ?

This make me crazy.

Thanks for your help and your cool work.

Mohd AmzarM (author)2016-04-05 can i copy n paste the code in ide and the it will working perfectly?

Mohd AmzarM (author)2016-04-05 can i copy n paste the code in ide and the it will working perfectly?

DonatasA (author)2015-09-09

Hello, what happens if i use 30 A current transformer. When current reach like 100A. any damage is posible?

KartikB4 (author)2015-06-17

I get 0.00 as Prms value even when 20W is running. I have exactly the same setup.

If i press reset, it starts from 9000 and come down to 0.00

Can you please help?

akellyirl (author)KartikB42015-06-17

20W is about the sensitivity you would expect given the ADC calculation I gave in the Instructable. You could try: I) Increase the power drawn to the 500W level and check again; ii) Make sure you don't have the CT around both the Live and Neutral because they will cancel each other's magnetic fields; iii) If you really need to work at the 20W level increase the burden resistor by 10x but the SCT013-030 includes a 62 Ohm burden resistor so you would need to get a CT without a burden and add your own.

aichellee (author)2015-02-03

is it ok if i use 100A instead of 30A current transformer?

akellyirl (author)aichellee2015-06-17

Yes, but your 1/2 LSB (minimum ADC reading) would equate to about 50W. You could change the burden resistor accordingly (increase by 100/30) to increase the signal from the CT.

joontae.gim.5 (author)2015-04-07

i have a question. how can i connect the ct to arduino? i boght current transformer. but my ct's connector is not similar to the ct in the picture. my ct is similar to headphone's connector.... please.. let me know how to connect ct to arduino...

akellyirl (author)joontae.gim.52015-06-17

You just need to cut off the jack plug.

electronicsguy123 (author)2015-02-27

Very nice! I will try and make this, this year.

mat57190 (author)2015-02-20

Where can I find temboo.h?

Nilin Axolotl (author)2014-10-21

What happen if I use smaller capacitor such as 10uF?

akellyirl (author)Nilin Axolotl2014-10-21

Should be OK

SCKStef (author)2013-10-30

Very nice setup ! At home we have 3 phases, my next project is to extend your Monitor to measure all 3 phases. BTW: For other countries there is a table with freq and Voltage here:,_Netzspannungen_und_-frequenzen

dkraft (author)2013-10-27

I hope that isn't your real gmail and temboo account info..

draxos (author)2013-10-21

That's what I think after a Very quick "going through" ..
That's So Good Work.. !!

Now will revisit your code once more..

keep up the good work my friend.. !!

akellyirl (author)draxos2013-10-22


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