Written by CarbonCulture Team on 5th September 2014
One of the more technical tools in the initial CarbonCulture collection has been Energy Diary. This is a tool to record energy and energy-impacting events to provide ways to assess what works and what doesn't on your energy-saving journey.
In essence, what we're all doing when we make changes in buildings is running a series of experiments. Looking at it in that way, the business case is just a hypothesis – and when we run the experiment, a number of complex, interconnected changes will take place: not just with energy performance, but also with staff comfort, employee satisfaction, leadership perceptions and more.
Collecting the evidence required to complete the experiment – to find out the causes of the savings we make, and to inform decisions about trade-offs for the best outcomes – has traditionally been too costly for anything but special-purpose scientific studies.
We built the first version of Energy Diary (v.1) as a test, to see whether this process could be made easier and cheaper, and bring the benefits of evidence-based decision-making to many more organisations, and so save more carbon! We're taking the opportunity presented by changes in the underlying platform to take things to the next level, with a new version of Energy Diary!
We're designing Energy Diary v.2 to make it really easy to collect the information you'll need to help you keep an accurate record of your projects and initiatives. It will also help you collect the data you'll need to run post-hoc analysis of your projects, processes and external events. This will help you to learn more about the patterns of energy use and energy efficiency as they impact you and your users. As always, the overall aim is to help you get more efficient, with happier staff and lower bills, more quickly and at less cost.
We'd love whatever input and ideas you'd like to give us – especially about any planned energy saving projects you'd like to measure the impact of. Can you think of internal and external stimuli that you'd love to know the effects of – not just your own energy projects but external drivers as well, from an open-house day to a solar eclipse, from a broken CHP to a new change process to the impact of new building regs.
We’d also like to know about the people who you would need to input information. What are their job roles, and what challenges would there be for them around inputting information? Send us feedback or leave a comment below, and we'll keep you up to date with progress on the way to Energy Diary version 2!
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