Energy metering | UX point of view

Almost all energy metering systems show a basic graph of their sensors, This is productive for the engineering staff, but usually the decision makers find it difficult to have a quick decision about real-time activity, is it normal or abnormal? also, when the data is public, if it were simple to understand, perhaps many could benefit and contribute their perspectives of being energy efficient.

eGauge graph of complex energy system

I recently found a public building that has an *eGauge system installed. eGauge has changed the perception on energy metering when it brought it’s API to the public and let people interact with real time electric consumption data in creative and simple ways.

(*it is one of my favorite systems, not only because it’s robust and precise but also it has a great API to create open-source insights like the one I’ve designed)

You can see the real-time data in gauges instead of graphs and each gauge has 3 areas that analyse it’s energy consumption. green for closed state, orange for normal usage and red for above normal consumption. notice the two small gauges next to the main gauge, they are the two consumers with the highest potential of reducing and saving energy. this helps decision makers focus on the 2 most non efficient areas.

other than that, You can easily gain insights on the overall consumption of a closed school, or did someone leave the air conditioner on in the gymnasium again?

Since This visual aid has been published, the energy consumption of Bartov has dropped overall by 14.5% percent, while over 60% reduction in electric consumption was after work hours

This 14.5% reduction can be attributed to some public interventions in a “Big-brother” concept. School employees have changed a lot of their energy consumption routines after being notified by parents and municipality leaders that their expanses are viewed in real time by the public.

This system is still a work in progress, I would really appreciate Your comments or feature suggestions. Thank You.

The cleanest energy is the one we didn’t have to use

After some years working for renewable energy companies, I was exposed to a variety of technologies of “green” energy generation. while the largest of them was definitely solar, there is also wind turbines and wave generators.
To have clean energy we have to examine how we consume electricity and after a short monitoring period and to decide a method of operation

If it’s not measured, It can’t be managed

If You were wondering what 32% reduction of consumption looks like, this is an annual comparison of ‘Before & after’ a building automation system designed to conserve energy. The difference is about 500MWh / year, or about $62,500.

Year by year comparison: Blue is 2015, Purple is 2016 | almost 32% reduction of energy consumption
Year by year comparison: Blue is 2015, Purple is 2016 | almost 32% reduction of energy consumption

Designed simply, using EasyIO Europe user friendly FG devices and monitored for efficiency with Panoramic Power. Building in Rishon Le Zion, Israel.

To reach a true clean energy solution we have to decide on an energy efficiency plan. This is a progress that is focused on lowering the energy consumption footprint of the organization without harming any process, with simple steps:

Clean energy – not science fiction

  • Measurement, monitoring and analysis of each energy consumer
    before and after the process, Trying to reach the precise energy required for each consumer without harm and to minimize any waste
  • Finding more efficient methods for the same results (or better)

Every efficiency plan, whether it is by the client or by an external advisor, starts and ends with an energy monitoring protocol that helps to find the energy inefficiency and vulnerabilities of the organization. This protocol will be used while and after each step in order to keep the efficiency levels higher over time.

“Take only what You need to survive”
(LoneStarr / Space balls, 1987)

Most of us use our resources freely, especially when they are not coming out of our own pocket and we are not aware of the fact that if We only used what We need, Our comfort does not change but our energy footprint, the resources we save and the money spent can be greatly reduced.

An energy efficiency plan requires many skills. for each project we need to find the optimal solution with many considerations and a wide view of the project and resources required. When You have reached the stage when You have decided on an energy efficiency step, notice the components of the procedure and the steps required, keep a specifications log of anything That may assist in the following steps:

  • Measurements and mapping the organizational energy footprints – Monitoring systems and energy resources
  • Decisions on technological solutions that stand the test of quality and economic efficiency of Your organization
  • Funding and producing the project
  • Managing and controlling the project to keep the efficiency levels for the long run
  • Remote monitoring and preventive maintenance