Measuring export and usage to make household energy decisions
As a homeowner with solar panels (and no battery), I would like to look at a display that tells me when is a good time to put on an appliance so that I'm making the most of PV energy.
Example scenario: I see that I'm exporting 1KwH to the grid therefore it's a good time to put a wash on.
I have the Hildebrand IHD but unfortunately, it, nor the Bright app, can tell me if the solar panels are producing more than I'm using/exporting. I know some people see a negative number on the Bright app but I don't, I believe it's to do with my smart meter.
I'm looking into getting Home Assistant (HA) which involves
1) Buy a Rasberry Pi, power cable, keyboard and monitor
2) Install HA and get it to listen to my IHD/Smart Meter
3) Optional: Get HA to extract info from my Solis Inverter API
Am I going about this the right way? Is there an easier way? Buying a Raspberry Pi at the moment is a pain, and my coding skills aren't exactly honed which they need to be having looked around at setting up HA.
Later on, I'd like to investigate a switch-on/off-able capability to get a text/Alexa message informing me when I'm exporting 1KwH.
I'd appreciate any thoughts on this.
Thanks in advance
Question to answer, I have an iBoost+, can HA listen to its CT clamp as that monitors the export amount?