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What does the pylon symbol mean on my Chameleon In-Home Display (IHD) 6?

  • 29 June 2022
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I cannot find any reference to the electricity pylon symbol  in any of the guides to theIHD 6 display .I am guessing it is indicating that the solar is exporting .any help on this would be good.

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Best answer by Tim_OVO 30 June 2022, 11:48

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Hi @Massey - great question this, we do smart meters and IHDs pretty good here on the OVO Forum, so we always welcome the chance to fill any content gaps!

 

I can see that for the Chameleon 3 In Home Display (IHD), the ‘pylon’ icon shows on the screen if you generate your own energy, (like solar panels), and you’re a net exporter to the grid at that time. This is an important point, because if you’re generating your own electricity, it’s offset against what you use. So net means you’re generating more than you’re using.

 

The amount of energy being exported in kWh will show on the IHD and the live value in £ will show as zero as there is no cost to you for exporting electricity.

 

I’ve not been able to find any info about a IHD6 showing this. @Blastoise186 is one of our smart tech expert members. Also let me ask @EverythingNeedsAUserName @hambrook @PeterR1947 in case they have an IHD6 with their solar…

 

I’ve seen this before and it is indeed an indicator that you’re currently exporting spare electricity back to the grid.

Not every supplier enables it though.

 

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I think it must be a supplier specific option, I’m with GE UK on the V2G trial and the Chameleon just shows zero usage when exporting

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I’ve seen this before and it is indeed an indicator that you’re currently exporting spare electricity back to the grid.

Not every supplier enables it though.

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Gosh I'm out of date. My IHD is a pipit! Minimal information and impossible to make it stay on the electricity kW screen. 

 

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Yeah, the Secure Pipit 500 is pretty old these days, but nowhere near as old as the Chameleon IHD2 (yes, such a thing really exists!).

To the best of my knowledge, the Exporting to Grid icon is an undocumented feature of the Chameleon IHD6 and IHD7 which indicates when you’re exporting back to the grid, but not all suppliers enable the feature and it also relies on the paired Smart Meter knowing when Exports are taking place. If you’re exporting through an independent Export Meter instead, there’s a possible chance the icon might never show up.

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I've no pretty symbols, but the pipit shows a negative figure when exporting, and a zero cost per hour. 

 

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