Thursday, February 2, 2012

Energy consumption visualization

Superb interactive graphic visualization (click on the link) of total annual energy consumption at the block level and at the taxlot level of buildings in New York City.

The data, not based on private information but a mathematical model, estimates the annual energy consumption values (in kilowatt hours per square meter of land area) of buildings throughout the five boroughs. It also breaksdown the consumption into air conditioning, electricity and water heating.

Making such information available in public domain for any neighbourhood, while potentially the source of powerful peer-group nudges, would invite opposition on grounds of privacy concerns. However, the information made available in this format to utility officials can be excellent decision-support for them to more effectively manage the network, especially during peak times.

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