September 11, 2013

September 11th: The plot thickens

"I'll only have six to do and then I can get sushi"

Oh Yesterday's Josh, how optimistic and yet pessimistic you were. You did indeed do the last six, but then you discovered other things to do, and were requested to do them. The nice side-effect of having 71 buildings to analyse is that when you discover any new small task to do, it needs to be done 71 times, sometimes with odd consequences.

One of the cooler things discovered today is the Portsmouth Thermogram. If you live in Portsmouth, or have the post code of portsmouth building handy, http://portsmouththermalmap.bluesky-world.com/index.phpwill let you see how bad its roof insulation is. Useful stuff.

Today I sat in on a meeting between various exciting people who wanted to run meetings and talks about sustainability that people from all walks of life and careers would come to, for free. I'll admit I didn't entirely follow who they were or what they wanted, simply because I didn't understand the acronym, but the conversation had was fascinating.

One of the main topics discussed was the effect of monitoring power use on behaviour change. The experience of the group was that you can give people all the gadgets and techniques you want to help reduce energy use, but they tend to wear off over time. But add monitoring, like automated meters that can be read over the internet, and the new ideas stick. Funnily enough, adding monitoring by itself typically causes people to save about 20% just due to awareness.

Oh crikey I'm tired. I'll save blog content for tomorrow when it'll lmake more sense, by which I mean "My meeting overran and I got home quite late due to buses and rain, goodnight all!"


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