This latest update is mostly bugfixes and backend improvements, in preparation for a sister site we’ll be bringing online Real Soon Now. The new site will focus on renters, and helping choose more efficient apartments.
There are two notable features in this release:
New data! We’ve got another dump from our friends at Gainesville Regional Utilities (who were recently named Best of U.S. Public Power Utilities), and just finished getting it into the system this morning.
There is also a new checkbox on the map screen for “show energy intensity per 1000 square feet”, which changes how the map pins are colored:
By default, we color pins based on raw consumption; so a big house that consumes 1000kwh will be redder than a small house consuming 900kwh. Energy intensity is measured per thousand square feet, and smooths out the difference between home sizes. This really makes a difference when looking at neighborhoods with drastically different home sizes, and gives some clues about how behavior and technology can affect consumption. Here’s a neighborhood with a lot of bigger homes at the south end. Here’s the raw consumption:
And here’s the energy-intensity consumption:
When we see consumption per square foot, some of those big homes are doing better then the smaller houses at the top. This only goes so far; notice the most consumptive home is the same in both cases.