Some homeowners in drought-stricken areas are charged a penalty if they use more than a certain amount of water in a day or a month. Other homeowners are trying to reduce their water usage and/or their water bills. If you fall into one of these categories, then you can use Budgets to help you monitor (and reduce) your water usage.
Let's say that you are charged a penalty for using more than 984 gallons of water per day (a real example in California). In this case, you could configure Flume to notify you when you reach 75% and 100% of this usage each day.
Your First Budget
When you install the Flume app, your first budget is automatically created for you (based upon national averages). Your water usage may vary significantly from the norm, so feel free to edit this budget as you see fit.
Creating a Budget
The ability to customize your budgets and create as many budgets as you would like. For example, you may want to create both a daily budget and a monthly budget.
If this feature does not appear, you may need to upgrade your package, this can be done under settings in the Flume app.
If you don't have any budgets yet, then just click the "+" sign to create a new budget as shown below:
If you already have a budget created, then just click the Budget menu (the three vertical dots highlighted below). Then select "Create New Budget" from the menu.
Next, you will be able to create a budget notification.
First, select the interval-- daily, weekly or monthly. Next, choose the amount of water that will trigger the notification. Flume will suggest an amount based on similar households. If you are unsure about what "normal" usage is, here is an article that might help you.
So, as an example, if you want to be notified when you use 120 gallons of water per day, you would choose "Daily" for the interval, and "120" for the amount.
Next, click the "Add another threshold" link. This will allow you to specify when you get notified. For instance, if you want to get notified before you reach the amount of water specified in the previous step, you may want to set a threshold at 75%. You can add additional thresholds as well (by simply clicking the "Add another threshold" link).
For instance, in the screen below, the user will be notified when they use 90 gallons of water in a day (75% of 120 gallons). They will also be notified when they have used 120 gallons in a day (100% of 120 gallons).
When you are done creating your budget, click the "Create" button.
If you have set up more than one budget, you will see your first budget displayed on the Dashboard.
To access your other budgets, simply swipe left or right. In the example below, note that there are two dots displayed under the budget graph. Those dots imply that there are two budgets. To access the second budget, swipe left. To get back to the first, swipe right.
Editing or Deleting Budgets
To edit or delete a budget, first, find the budget that you would like to change or remove by swiping left or right (as described above). Once you find it, simply click on the three vertical dots and select "Edit Budget" from the menu.
Once you get to the budget page, you can either change your budget or delete it. To edit your budget, simply change any data about the budget and click the "Save" button. To delete a budget, just click the "Delete Budget" link.