I'm searching for people who want to understand their electricity consumption habits and profiles and willing to share data.

I'd be happy to subsidise installation of wi-fi enabled meters and show you how to save money if you live anywhere in Western Australia. If you're interested, join this community and register your interest in participating.

Why track electricity use? Because (1) it's my job to forecast electricity sales and use (2) because everyone needs it, but many are struggling to pay for it (3) helping people understand how the use electricity will reduce waste and enhance people's well being (4) save money (5) learn new things (6) monitor economic activity in real time (7) find out how much electricity solar PV generates and under what conditions (8) monitor home activity when I'm away from home...

Ok, first the members of this community are focused on understanding electricity consumption patterns. To that end, there are a variety of new technologies, such as smart meters that can send real time data about consumption from meters via wi-fi to databases on a cloud server. 

One particular technology sold in Australia is by Wattwatchers (www.wattwatchers.com.au). To kick off activities, I need at least 10 people each interested in purchasing an Auditor 3 meter (about $300 + installation costs + GST) and installing it in their home. Once I have the minimum number, I'll place an order with Wattwatchers and we can then start sharing our data. 

The plan is to share and analyse the data via R, an open source statistics-econometrics software package. This will lead to lots of visual analytics and hopefully some insight.

Core community members include an econometrician, an economist, an IT specialists, and an electricity forecaster. So we have the skills!

While capturing data about electricity consumption is great, it is even better to capture other data about the home being analysed. That includes knowing its location, orientation, level of insulation, number of windows that are sun-facing, the number and type of electrical appliances, the number of people in the house, type of family structure, various demographics as well as socio-economic characteristics.

Also, it is of interest to observe how consumption patterns evolve as householders' knowledge of their own consumption patterns grows.

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Check out this site to see the core of the energy trackers concept in action: http://www.energytracker.com.au
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