Community Energy Scotland has launched a new energy monitoring service, available to community groups, social landlords and other interested parties.
Community Energy Scotland was previously involved in two energy monitoring projects, one carried out in partnership with Hebridean Housing Partnership, and the other in partnership with Albyn Housing Association, both of which were funded through the Scottish Federation of Housing Association’s Energy Ideas Fund.
Drawing on experience from these projects, Community Energy Scotland is now able to offer an energy monitoring package tailored to the needs of each group. Key work items involved in this package may include sourcing project funding, engaging your community, specifying sensor hardware and installation, collecting data, analysing data and providing individual reports, and tailored energy advice or signposting to other relevant organisations.
Community Energy Scotland has developed an Excel-based tool to automatically generate household reports from a specific set of data, and this can be downloaded from our website for free. This tool was developed to suit the specific requirements of the project carried out with Hebridean Housing, using LogTags to record temperature only, but it can be adapted by Community Energy Scotland to suit different projects.
Monitoring household energy consumption can be useful for a number of reasons, from informing residents about their own energy consumption and the temperature of their homes, to providing data for renewable energy projects with a link between energy generation and local consumption.
Various sensors and monitors are available, depending on what you want to measure. Commonly, electricity and temperature are monitored.