Voltaware energy consumption monitoring and smart TRVs (CP762)

LEAD AGENCY: Energy Solutions
OTHER PARTNERS: Network Housing Group Limited, Voltaware, OpenTRV
PROJECT SUMMARY: This project is to install a package of two simple low cost retrofit measures to assist fuel poor households to reduce their energy consumption and costs. One technology, Volt@, is an energy monitoring and analysis package that uses disaggregation technology to provide a household with an itemised electricity bill so promotes positive energy behaviour, and has the potential to reduce electrical costs. The other, OpenTRV, is a smart thermostatic radiator value allowing room by room temperature control, with the potential to reduce gas heating costs through zone control. These will be installed in 60 households in North West London, the majority in the London borough of Brent. Households will be from a range of tenures including social housing, owner occupied and private rented sectors. Fuel poor households will be targeted, with priority given to lower EPC-rating properties. Each household will receive an in-home advice session highlighting the benefits of the technologies, and training on how to use them effectively. Participating households will be offered telephone and online support for the duration of the project.
EVALUATION METHODOLOGY: Conduct interviews with a sample of households to capture behaviours and previous energy expenditure. Supplement household interviews with thermal data logging conducted with recognised calibrated standalone devices. Manual electricity and gas meter readings will be requested from householders at regular intervals, with gas use monitored automatically where possible. Electricity usage per day is available from the Voltaware system, verified by electricity monitoring in a few properties. Monitoring will be for 12 months, and must include a full winter heating period.
PROJECT OUTCOMES:
  •  It is anticipated residents will experience a reduction in domestic energy costs, resulting in increased disposable income and reduced incidence of fuel debt and Improved thermal comfort.
  • The programme will seek to improved health and wellbeing of occupants particularly infants and young children.
  • Householders should have increased knowledge and confidence in managing energy consumption and switching suppliers to save money.
  • The technologies should reduce central heating maintenance need (more efficient use of system) and improve building fabric (reductions in damp).
REGION IN WHICH PROJECT WILL BE DELIVERED:  London
LOCAL AUTHORITY AREA/KEY LOCATIONS IN WHICH PROJECT WILL BE DELIVERED:  Brent
DETAILS OF TECHNOLOGIES TRIALLED:
  • Voltaware – Voltaware, Version 1.0
  • Open TRV – Engineering Version REV7 smart thermostatic radiator valve
ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS ASSISTED
NEA GRANT WITH MATCH FUNDING MATCH TOTAL
60 60
The report relating to this project will not be published due to matters beyond the control of the project team.
More information can be obtained from the Technical manager at NEA if required – Michael Hamer (0191) 269 2904.
Published on 13-10-2016
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