By default all DSMR-readings read by of sent to the application are stored indefinitely. DSMR v5 smart meters allow DSMR-readings to be recorded every second, resulting in over 30 million readings each year.

Eventually this will cause degraded performance in the application/database and for that reason you might want to apply retention to this data. Please note that enabling this feature will not discard all readings, as it will preserve the first and last reading of each hour.

Notes / warnings

  • The application will slowly apply retention during night, cleaning up a maximum of 24 hours worth of data on each backend run executed.

  • Enabling retention will prevent you from regenerating past day statistics with different prices (due to loss of accuracy).

  • PostgreSQL does not free up unused disk space immediately. If you’ve enabled retention for the first time, make sure to run the following command once after a few days:

    # Switch to PostgreSQL user.
    sudo su - postgres
    # This may take a while and slow your application, depending on your database size!
    vacuumdb -a -f -v

How to enable

The admin configuration has a section called “Retention configuration”. You can specify whether you want retention at all and set the lifetime of the data being stored.

Data affected


The source of all data. It is, however, only read and processed once, so it can be discarded safely after processing.

Electricity Consumption

This is aggregated data either created from a single DSMR-reader or a minute worth of DSMR-readings, depending on whether you’ve enabled grouping.

Gas Consumption

This data type is aggregated from any differences in ‘extra device timestamp’ occurrences in DSMR-readings.

Data kept/unaffected

Historic data, such as Hour and Day Statistics are unaffected. These are aggregated from the Electricity & Gas Consumption data above. This is also the only data that should matter when you want to look back to a specific day, month or year in the past.