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The 21st century has ushered in a new era of measuring personal progress. With wearable technologies, we can now collect more personal data than we ever thought possible, from heart rate and step count to standing time and sleep quality. The ability to measure what we want to manage in real time has brought new meaning to the phrase "big data." Improved tools for data collection and analysis have not been limited to health metrics. Technologies for collecting energy data in our homes and buildings have improved, producing more and better data than ever before. When companies and researchers have easy access to such data, they can examine energy consumption trends and opportunities to reduce energy waste. These insights lead to more energy-efficient technologies and behaviors and keep money in consumers' pockets. To reap these savings, state regulators have an important role to play in expanding and guiding energy data access.
Through a new state policy toolkit piece and a convening of state regulators with the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), ACEEE is digging deeper into the connection between building energy data access and greater energy efficiency.
The benefits of energy data access
Access to energy data offers an array of benefits. Residents and multifamily building owners can use building energy data to pinpoint and prioritize potential energy efficiency projects. Businesses can use these data to develop new, automated, and increasingly user-friendly analytical tools to extract consumption insights. Utilities can use data to increase savings from energy efficiency programs and identify opportunities for future system upgrades. However, despite their increased availability, energy consumption data can still be difficult to work with and is not always accessible to building owners and tenants...
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