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A brief overview of measuring domestic energy use and loss at home. Covers metering and bills, smart energy monitors and thermal imaging.

A brief overview of measuring domestic energy use and loss at home. Covers metering and bills, smart energy monitors and thermal imaging.

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  • Energy Monitoring How To Measure Your Energy Use At Home Adam Trickett adam.trickett@iredale.net www.iredale.net Copyright 2011, distributed under a creative commons “Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike Licence”08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Quick Overview ● Story ● Meters and bills ● Energy Monitors ● Thermal Imaging08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • A Story ● In spring 2010 we moved into our house ● We had the same energy company and tariff as the previous owner ● We have NOT replaced the boiler, the windows or done anything radical to the house yet ● We paid the same monthly direct debit as the previous owner ● How different was our annual bill?08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • LOTS!08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • In One Year... ● Monthly direct Debit went from £160 to £49 ● Rebate of £696 ● They overestimated our gas and electricity by about £100 per month08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • What We Did ● Turn central heating boiler thermostat down ● Shortened central heating run time a little ● Replaced all old light-bulbs with modern ones ● Fitted roller blinds behind some curtains ● Fitted draft excluding tape to some leaky doors and windows08/10/11 Home Energy Event
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  • Easy Energy Monitoring08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Bill and Meter ● Check your meter once a month and send reading to power company ● Look at the KWh on your bill is it above or below average ● Easy to do you – you only need pencil and paper!08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • UK Averages Number of Bedrooms Gas Usage (KWh) Electricity Usage (KWh) 1 10 000 2 500 2 15 000 4 000 3 25 000 5 500 4 29 000 6 000 5 or more 2 500 per extra bedroom 250 per extra bedroom My reading (3½ bed) 12 058 2 40908/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Smart Energy Monitoring08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Energy Monitor ● Current Cost ● OWL ● B&DBC have some to lend ● 1 in the library ● Power companies give them away ● You can buy one for under £5008/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Energy Monitors ● Gives you instantaneous electricity use ● Helps calculate base load ● Helps find odd devices08/10/11 Home Energy Event
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  • Thermal Imaging08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Theory ● Everything radiates infra-red or thermal energy ● The temperature of an object gives you radiation of a specific frequency ● A thermal imaging camera converts these frequencies back into temperatures ● The temperatures are displayed as different false colours on the display08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Inside of a House ● Walls and windows should show up warm ● Cold spots means you have leaking heat08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Just a Window08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Front Door08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Just a Blind08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Gap in Curtains08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Curtains and Blind08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Outside of a House ● The house should show up like its surrounding: cold ● Hot spots mean you have leaking heat08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Window and Blind08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Front of House08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • What use is it? ● Should tell you nothing new, but often reveals things you didnt know ● Useful to find where you need to target first ● Can help identify gunked up radiators08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Camera ● Fluke Ti10 ● BDBC own it ● We can survey your house if you want ● Sign up tonight ● we have the camera for the next fortnight08/10/11 Home Energy Event
  • Thank You Any Questions?08/10/11 Home Energy Event