Professor Andy Stanford-Clark is a resident of Chale and is a Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, and CTO of Smarter Energy at IBM.
The project is incredibly fortunate that he has provided his expertise and has been able to put together an innovative monitoring package using monitoring technology from CurrentCost, and IBM’s Smarter Planet messaging software.
The monitoring package has been trialled in a household in Chale over the past month and it has already identified an area where the householder could make a saving of £175 a year. Following the success of this initial trial, the monitoring package will be offered to a further 40 households in Chale.
To build a complete picture of energy usage within the home, in-depth property surveys will be carried out to complement the monitoring programme. The surveys will collect data on the structure of the property as well as resident fuel type, usage and cost. An enhanced EPC database from NHER (at present on field trials for 2011) will be used to do this and will calculate current SAP rating as well as providing recommendations for the resident.
Thermal images of all surveyed/monitored properties will also be taken. This will enable us to capture information about the value of the fabric of each individual property.
These properties will be monitored for 12-18 months and the outcome of this will be an invaluable data stream which can be used by both the Chale Community Project and other similar projects in the longer term. There has already been a significant amount of interest from academic institutions keen to analyse the data for use in their own areas of research.
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