Turning Up the Heat on Energy Monitoring in the Home

Fitton, Daniel orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-2300-5432, Horton, Matthew orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-2932-2233, Guo, Y. and Read, Janet C. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7138-1643 (2011) Turning Up the Heat on Energy Monitoring in the Home. In: 1st International Conference on Revisiting the Socio-Political and Technological Dimensions of Climate Change, 19-20 May 2011, Preston, UK.

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The use of domestic electrical energy monitoring systems is becoming more common however gas usage has received comparatively little attention. This paper presents a new technique for monitoring gas-powered heating and hot water usage in the home integrated into a prototype energy monitoring platform. Compared to usual meter-based approaches this technique provides finer-grained usage data and uses simple temperature sensors. The main motivation for this work is to provide more meaningful energy information to users for inclusion in novel mobile and embedded applications. This is part of ongoing work which aims to reduce energy use among teenagers in the UK and make lasting attitude changes. The development and findings from a prototype deployed in a typical UK house over 7 days are presented. The findings highlight the utility of the technique and simplicity of the sensing approach. The novel requirements that inspired the development of this technique are also presented.

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