Watch and interact with our school’s 24/7 real time and recorded information on the Energy Watch portal.
Our school has installed a sophisticated energy monitoring system that feeds almost-real-time information into this online portal. We believe it is very important that our students can learn how weather and real-world energy use are related, like in their own school.
The electricity use by your school is being monitored 24/7 so you can learn about its daily and seasonal patterns of energy consumption. You can see below a chart with the past few days’ electricity consumption. The first thing you may notice is the weekly pattern. Can you identify the weekends?
Can you see that less electricity is used at the weekends?
Here is another test for you. Looking at the diurnal (day and night) data in the table below, can you spot a pattern? According to research, a building’s base load (minimum consumption) is typically around 25% of the average daytime consumption. If your school’s electricity consumption at night is more than this, then there’s room for savings. Can you think of anything left switched ON during the night or holidays that could be switched OFF?
Most renewable energy generation is related to the weather in some way. Although biomass and biogas energy may not appear to be, these are actually derived indirectly from sunlight. Only tidal and geothermal energy are not from the sun. Learn more about renewable energy under the Renewable Energy tab.
What it is very interesting is how different aspects of the weather, such as temperature, windspeed, cloud and rain, affect the performance of the different renewable energy systems. This is the reason why in some areas of the World where there’s no electricity or gas available, “hybrid systems” are often used, employing two or more different renewables technologies to help ensure they always have energy available.