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Home energy assessments: how can we make them more useful?

Posted by Alex Steeland on 30 March 2015 at 10:45 am

Accessing trusted and tailored advice on the full range of energy improving refurbishment options available can be far from easy. In partnership with Carbon Co-op, URBED and OpenEnergyMonitor, the National Energy Foundation is developing My Home Energy Planner, a tool to provide accurate, comprehensive and usable information on the current and potential energy performance of your home. We want to know how we can make it most useful for you!

Recognising that not everyone has the time or skills to undertake a full assessment of their home, the free version of My Home Energy Planner will offer a quick and easy means of generating a report with 80 percent of the accuracy of the paid-for version used by professional assessors, significantly reducing the 400+ data point required for a typical whole house energy assessment.

The output will be a tailored, whole house action plan for the installation of multiple, complementary costed improvements, providing options and choices that can be adapted to your particular needs.

To ensure we develop an assessment tool that is as useful as possible, we are conducting a survey to find out how you’ve previously assessed the energy performance of your home and what information you would want if you were looking for ways to improve your home’s performance and comfort.

To thank you for completing the survey you will have the chance to be entered into a prize draw to win 1 of 12 OWL micro wireless energy monitors.

To enter the prize draw, simply complete the survey by 17 April 2015

Please share your thoughts with us on this matter regardless of whether you own or rent your home, or how much you know about energy. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and includes a few questions about your household, before asking about your approach to home improvements and the information you want in order to make more informed decision.

Background to My Home Energy Planner

Carbon Co-op, a social enterprise based in Manchester specialising in energy efficient retrofit, have delivered over sixty Whole House Retrofit Assessments to date, working with architectural partners URBED. However, with demand exceeding supply, funding was secured to create an open source, online professional tool which will reduce the time it takes to deliver assessment reports, enabling more assessors and providers to deliver the service and providing householders with more control over the data generated.

All this should mean that the prices of assessments can be reduced and more assessments can be delivered both in Manchester and by other Community Energy providers around the country – good news for everyone!

Last month, further funding was awarded through the Ordnance Survey’s GeoVation Challenge to extend the project to provide a free consumer-focused tool: an open and simplified version which is free and accessible to the wider public.

By simply entering your address, this free version will use Ordnance Survey and Land Registry data to pre-populate your floor area and exposed surface area, removing the need for a tape measure from the initial assessment process.

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