By Scott Hinson, chief technology officer, Pecan Street – Pecan Street has been monitoring electricity use and generation from hundreds of homes in our research network for nearly a decade. Many of these homes have rooftop solar and electric vehicles, and we’ve been measuring each home’s total energy use as well as use from individual circuits, like heating/cooling, EV charging, refrigerator, etc. With all this data at our fingertips, we decided to take a look at how our participants’ energy profiles have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past several weeks, our work has been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and the momentum behind the racial justice and equity movement. As always, our home energy database has been central to the work we’ve accomplished.
Pecan Street’s Chief Technology Officer, Scott Hinson, was interviewed by the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore today about the coincidence of summer peak energy usage and the COVID-19 pandemic.
We surveyed participants to learn what behavioral changes might be affecting their energy profile under shelter-in-place. Learn more here.
By Scott Hinson, chief technology officer, Pecan Street – As the patterns of our lives shift in response to COVID-19, we decided to take a look at how our research participants’ energy profiles have changed. Not surprisingly, they’re using more energy. But how much, and for what?