My Home Energy Planner

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URBED are currently working with Carbon Co-op and OpenEnergyMonitor to develop 'My Home Energy Planner', an online tool to enable householders to understand current energy usage and decide which energy efficiency improvements might best suit their home.

 

To date we've delivered over sixty Carbon Co-op Whole House Retrofit Assessments, but with demand exceeding supply we've been successful in securing funding from Innovate UK to create an online tool, reducing the time it takes to deliver assessment reports, enabling more assessors to deliver the service and providing householders with more control over the data generated. All this should mean we can reduce the price we charge and see more assessments delivered both in Manchester and around the country.

 

The project is open source with many people able to contribute to the tool and ultimately benefit from it. Over the 12 month development period we will be releasing new versions and testing out the tool regularly.

 

How you can get involved:

  • Request an assessment: we'll be rolling out whole house assessments as part of the project at a reduced cost, if you'd like one please email Carbon Co-op to express an interest: info@carbon.coop

 

 

 

  • Become a supporting organisation: we're interested in working with Community Energy organisations that might like to offer whole house assessments in their area, if you are interested please get in touch with Carbon Co-op: info@carbon.coop

 

A number of other organisations are currently participating in the development including Red Co-op, National Energy Foundation and the Centre for Alternative Technology. We're also in touch with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and other Community Energy organisations and networks.

Project blog

24.03.2015, 12:06
Short survey

As part of the My Home Energy Planner project we're working with the National Energy Foundation, an independent charity. To ensure we make the tool as useful as possible - helping people to better understand their energy use and the improvements they can make to their homes - we're conducting a survey to find out if you've previously assessed your home energy usage and what information you need when considering potential improvements. 

We want to hear from you, whether you own or rent your home, regardless of how much you know about energy. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and to thank you for your time, you can enter a prize draw to win one of 12 OWL Micro Wireless Energy Monitors. 

You can find the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XH8NSQS

 

 

 

18.02.2015, 13:22
Geovation Challenge

Along with our partners, Carbon Co-op, the National Energy Foundation and Open Energy Monitor, we were finalists in this year's Geovation - an annual challenge run by Ordnance Survey and Land Registry. This year, the challenge was 'how can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?'

Over a weekend in Southampton, the team worked up ideas for the development of My Home Energy Planner, culminating in a pitch to a judging panel and the other teams. Our idea centred around providing a free, open and simplified version of the full tool which would be accessible to the wider public. By simply entering your address, this free version will use Ordnance survey and Land Registry data to pre-populate floor and exposed surface area, removing the need to undertake time consuming measurements. 

This 'entry' tool meets a need as not every householder has the time or skills to undertake a full assessment of their home. This will offer a quick and easy means of producing a report with 80% of the accuracy of the paid-for 'pro' version, significantly reducing the 400+ data points required for a typical whole house assessment. Householders may wish to follow it up with a paid for 'pro' assessment.

We were very pleased to be announced one of the winning teams, and were awarded £25k to develop the tool. A successful weekend all round! 

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