Friday, May 22, 2009

Energy data

Posted by Danny Tarlow is highlighting a data set on residential energy consumption. This is appears to be the same one from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) in the Department of Energy: We made use of the similar EIA commercial building data set when I was working on modeling energy use in Disney parks, but I hadn't seen this one before. The level of detail of the survey is very impressive, covering 12 sections:
  1. Housing Unit Characteristics
  2. Kitchen Appliances
  3. Other Appliances
  4. Space Heating
  5. Water Heating, A/C, and Miscellaneous
  6. Fuels Used and Fuel Payment
  7. Fuel Bills and Non-Residential Uses
  8. Household Characteristics
  9. Energy Assistance and Housing Unit Square Footage
  10. Characteristics of Energy Supplier Data
  11. Energy Consumption
  12. Energy Expenditures
I suspect some progress could be made answering the motivating questions for e.g. the Google PowerMeter project using this data:
How much does it cost to leave your TV on all day? What about turning your air conditioning 1 degree cooler? Which uses more power every month — your dishwasher or your washing machine? Is your household more or less energy efficient than similar homes in your neighborhood?
I'll report back if I get some time and discover anything interesting.

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