I’ve seen it mentioned a few times on this forum, but I haven’t seen a “how to” yet, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
I have two Fibaro power-meter-plugs connected to my washing maching and my tumble dryer.
In the dashboard these plugs are configured to only display current power usage (W). I don’t want to accidentally switch off the plugs, so I have deactivated the “switch” function for these plugs on the dashboard.
Then I’ve made one automation for each plug to notify me when the power usage is below a given value for a given amount of time.
Here’s a closer look at the WHEN event:
WHEN the power usage of the washing machine is less than 5W for 5 minutes,
Trigger only on change and reset trigger after 20 minutes (I’m not sure about this one)
You may have noticed that I also issue an AND statement in this automation. I have a dummy switch named “STOP” that I use as an emergency-stop-button for automations. If by any reason I want to stop my light from automatically turning on or off, I can simply switch the STOP switch to ON, and all automations that has this as an AND statement will stop working.
Finally I use Webhook to send a notification to Telegam telling me that the washing machine is finshed.
NOTE: These power values are working with my washing machine and dryer, but you may need to use other values for your devices.