Sections in this category

How is my energy use categorized?

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Where can I find out how I'm using energy?

In the SPAN Home app, the "Stats" tab has a section called "How you're using energy," broken into the following categories:

  • Lighting and Outlets
  • Appliances
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Transport
  • Leisure


How does SPAN know how to categorize circuits?

Circuits are sorted into those various categories based on the name it is given and the appliances added to it.

For example, if a circuit is named Kitchen and has a dishwasher added to the circuit, it will be in the Appliances category. More examples are listed below:

Category Example word matches
Lighting and Outlets

plug, light, outlet, lighting, gfci, gfi, rec, ltg, chandelier, receptacle, recep, lts


laundry, fridge, range, stove, stovetop, hood, oven, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, vent, hood, ice, wine cooler, purifier, speedcook, coffee maker, cooktop, dryer, disposal, washing machine, garbage disposal, dishwasher, iron board, washer, vacuum, vac, toaster, blender, trash, computer, appliance, pump, smoke detector, septic, laptop, bike, printer

Heating & Cooling

shower, air compressor, air conditioning, air conditioner, hvac, radiant heat, furnace, a/c, heat, heater, heating, heater, htr, cooler, ac, deepfreeze, air handler, firepit, miniterm, boiler, mini split


car, tesla, evse, vehicle, ev, tesla connector

Leisure pool, jacuzzi, spa, hot tub, cinema, entertainment, sauna, media, workout, stereo, speaker, audio, tv, television, gym, whirlpool, exercise, game, video, bar

Energy use over time

Scroll down through the Stats page to access Energy use over time for a graphical view of your energy usage. Press and hold on the columns on the graph to view energy usage over a smaller period of time. 

Why is so much of my energy use in the unknown category?

Circuits without appliances added or with ambiguous names will fall in the unknown category.

Newly installed SPAN Panels will show 100% unknown for up to the first month while SPAN analyzes the names of the appliances and circuits to properly categorize.

SPAN does not analyze individual appliances within the circuit. If there are appliances from different categories on a single circuit, this will affect the energy use statistics. For example, if one circuit has a light, a television, and a microwave, SPAN may categorize it as Lighting, Appliances, or Leisure.

Can I see which circuits fall into which category?

No, the Stats tab shows a rough percentage of each category, but does not specify the category of each circuit.