A year of home energy usage, by the hour

Posted to Self-surveillance  |  Tags:  |  Nathan Yau

Michael VanDaniker found that his energy provider, Baltimore Gas and Electric, provides customers with an easy-to-use tool to export their home’s energy usage by the hour. So he downloaded the CSV and had a look back at 2015, through the eyes of heating and cooling. Fun.

By the way, is this data availability a normal thing these days? I was surprised that BGE provided an export tool, but then I checked my energy provider PG&E, and they have one too.

Don’t follow their instructions though, in case you’re interested. After you log in, select Save Energy & Money from the menu, then Your Usage & Tools. But instead of clicking on The Green Button like the directions say, select Usage Analysis, and then click on the green button in the bottom right to download.

Apparently you can get a real-time monitor too. How am I just finding out about this now? Is there a water usage thing yet? There should be a water usage thing.

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