Degree Days in EnergyDeck - An Introduction by Martin Bromley

Martin Bromley

February 26, 2013

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.


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Corporate Features, Degree Days and Other Improvements

Bruno Girin

February 19, 2013

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
  • Organisation Support
  • User Roles
  • Overlays
  • Degree Days
  • Data Import

 


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Green Deal or No Deal?

Bruno Girin

February 18, 2013

I live in a mid-terrace house that was built early in the 20th Century using solid brick construction. It's one of those typical suburban houses with nice bay windows and a small gas fireplace in the lounge, the sort you find all over the UK. Like most houses of this type, it is draughty, badly insulated and very inefficient in its energy use. I am starting a project to fix that and I would like to have the primary improvement works done under the Green Deal.

The Green Deal is a new initiative by the UK government that became effective at the end of January and that aims to reduce the number of buildings that require high energy spendings in order to operate. It is designed so that it can benefit landlords and tenants alike, as well as owner occupiers. The primary way in which it does this is through easy financing that is linked to the property rather than the owner or occupier: the idea is that once the works are done, the energy bills of the property will go down. So the loan that finances the project is repaid against savings on the electricity bill. If the property is sold, the remainder of the loan is sold with it and keeps being applied to the electricity bills of that property. This has a number of advantages for tenants and landlords:

  • An initial survey of the property is done by an accredited assessor who will identify what are the most cost effective measures for that property based on its characteristics and the way the people live in it,
  • There is no upfront cost apart from the cost of the initial assessment,
  • As the loan is made against the property rather than a person, there are no credit checks, which makes the finance and the whole scheme much more accessible to people who typically find it difficult to obtain credit, such as people who are self-employed or have bad credit history,
  • You can receive cashback repayments against particular measures,
  • You can have additional works that are not covered by the Green Deal carried out at the same time, as long as you finance them separately.

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EnergyDeck "offline" summary now available

Benjamin Kott

January 17, 2013

Happy New Year to everyone out there! Well, 2013 has been around for a little while already, but since this is our first post this year, we think it's on order. As a start into the new year we've put together a nice and crisp 2-pager summary of the EnergyDeck platform. It's in PDF format and you can download it right here and now:

EnergyDeck 2-page PDF summary

The document gives an overview of the curent version of the platform and highlights our approach, key benefits and features. If you want to find out more about some of the new functionality we will be working on this year, get in touch. Or keep checking in for the latest news. 


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2012 in review - an exciting year for EnergyDeck, and in 2013 we will pull out all the stops

Benjamin Kott

December 30, 2012

As the year is drawing to a close, we're thinking back of all the events and experiences 2012 has held for us, much like many people around the world tend to do at this time of year. For EnergyDeck in particular, 2012 has been a special year - it being our first full year of operation.

We started work on our first prototype in October 2011, and by December of that year we set off on the production version of EnergyDeck. It took a while to get things working the way we wanted, and we launched the first public version of EnergyDeck in March 2012 with the mission to take energy efficiency to a mass market.

Since then, we have been working relentlessly on improving the platform in order to extend its capabilities and incorporate feedback from our users.


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