EnergyDeck recently introduced degree days into their system. You may be wondering what they are and what they're for.
My name is Martin Bromley, and I'm from www.degreedays.net - a popular source of degree days for locations worldwide, and the source that EnergyDeck is using. I've got to know the EnergyDeck folks as they've been integrating with our system, and I was honoured when they asked me to write about degree days as a guest post on their blog.
Degree days are a specialist kind of weather data that is used to account for the effect of the weather on energy consumption.
We've been very busy with new functionality over the past few months. Some are fairly simple, some are a lot more complex and all of them give you more ways to use EnergyDeck the way you want to.
The list includes:
Simplified Account Plan
We've been keeping busy over the summer (if that's what you want to call it) and added a host of new features and upgrades to the EnergyDeck platform which we're excited to share today!
The first change you will notice is a new and improved UI, resulting in a much cleaner and more focused interface. But the changes aren't just cosmetic and we've made sure to improve accessibility as well, e.g. of the visualisation options in the navigator and charts.
We're pleased to announce that our smart importer has just become even smarter, and now also understands Green Button data.
Green Button is a US based effort to make energy data more accessible and actionable for consumers.
From the official website at http://www.greenbuttondata.org
Green Button is an industry-led effort that responds to a White House call-to-action: provide electricity customers with easy access to their energy usage data in a consumer-friendly and computer-friendly format via a "Green Button" on electric utilities' website. Green Button is based on a common technical standard developed in collaboration with a public-private partnership supported by the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology. Voluntary adoption of a consensus standard by utilities across the Nation allows software developers and other entrepreneurs to leverage a sufficiently large market to support the creation of innovative applications that can help consumers make the most of their energy usage information.
We've been working hard on our backend over the past few weeks to enable the import, processing and visualisation of high frequency data. That is, data with a reading intervals down to 1 minute. This covers the output of most smart meters available in the market today, and importantly, half hourly meters that are common place e.g. in larger UK buildings.
With this feature, you can now import high frequency readings from CSV (comma separated values) files directly into your meter(s) in EnergyDeck, so no more manual data entry is required.
You can use the new feature with any of the premium plans, ie starting at £29/month for the "small" plan that allows you to track up to 2 sites and 20 meters, all of which can be high frequency.
It is no secret that communities hold the key to scaling sustainability to new levels. These communities take many different shapes and can include your local neighbourhood, schools, business associations, or a group of organisations in a specific geographical area (or maybe at national level).
In EnergyDeck, we call communities 'Groups', which is also the name of the new feature we just launched. With Groups, you can essentially do two things:
As a group member, you can compare yourself against benchmarks from the group and see what projects others in the group have implemented (anonymised, as always)
As a group administrator, you can - with the permission of group members - view detailed data of the group member sites in your own account
02 Apr 2012, James Murray, BusinessGreen
A UK start-up is looking to drive adoption of energy and environmental management software following the launch earlier this month of a free software suite designed to help small and medium-sized firms and public-sector organisations track key environmental metrics.
Founded last autumn by Google's former European head of green operations, Benjamin Kott, EnergyDeck provides users with the ability to track and manage their electricity, gas, and water use, and waste production, and also manage projects designed to reduce their environmental impact.
In addition, the company will this week update the software to provide users with the ability to track transport and travel-related emissions.
EnergyDeck is entering an increasingly crowded market that has seen a host of software firms launch energy and environmental management systems in recent years.