Habitat for Humanity Energy Monitoring

Habitat for Humanity Energy Monitoring


UIESW, in a partnership with the Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity (HfH), researched and installed home energy monitoring devices into three HfH homes.  The purpose of using these monitoring devices is to provide the homeowners with a means to see real-time financial feedback of their energy usage providing an incentive for reduced energy consumption.  The project itself moved forward in stages.  First, coordinating with the HfH and generating a comprehensive sheet detailing the pros and cons of various monitoring devices.  Based on the research, the energy monitoring device the UIESW team recommended was The Electronic Detective (TED) 5000.  The second step was purchasing and field testing the devices.  The third step was to install the devices into the HfH homes and to instruct homeowners on their use.  The participating families are enthusiastic and are eager to utilize the devices as a money-saving tool.  UIESW plans to perform a follow-up study on each family’s energy consumption after six-months of use.