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Benefits of Monitoring Energy Use and Production Using Enhanced Smart Meters for California Houses

[+] Author Affiliations
Sergio Escobar Vargas, Mark Aschheim

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Jorge E. Gonzalez

City College of New York, New York, NY

Paper No. ES2012-91345, pp. 97-104; 8 pages
doi:10.1115/ES2012-91345
From:
  • ASME 2012 6th International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the ASME 2012 10th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • ASME 2012 6th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, Parts A and B
  • San Diego, California, USA, July 23–26, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division, Solar Energy Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4481-6
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME

abstract

Methodologies have been developed to allow real-time determination of energy production and use as well as sizing of HVAC equipment based on thermal loads at the residential level. The data obtained reflect actual properties of the thermal envelope and appliance efficiencies, as well as actual renewable power production. The use of properly sized HVAC equipment introduces further energy savings. Recovery of energy savings expressed in terms of carbon offsets provides an incentive to improve the occupant’s energy footprint. When monetized, the energy cost savings and carbon offsets have financial benefits. These benefits are evaluated for model homes in various climatic zones within the state of California.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME

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