Webinar: Shifting Energy Use Trends Due to COVID-19

Summer Update On Our Home Energy Use Analysis

Read our blog on this topic here or watch the webinar recording on YouTube here.

Thank you to everyone who joined for this conversation with Pecan Street’s Chief Technology Officer Scott Hinson to learn more about the shifting trends in home energy use during COVID-19.

After a summer spent in quarantine at home, we wanted to update our analysis of home energy use trends under COVID-19. You may have read our blogs or watched our webinar from last spring where we explored just how much our behavior was changing during shelter-in-place. From plummeting EV charging to a not-so-surprising uptick in the number of times the refrigerator door was opened, we took a deep dive into home energy use that only our high fidelity, one-second interval data can provide.

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 of the data at our fingertips, we decided to take a look at how our participants’ energy profile has changed since COVID-19 sent everyone home.

Get caught up on our previous analysis by reading our original blogs here, or watch our May 15th webinar here. You can also read Greentech Media’s coverage of our analysis here.

About the Speaker:

  • Scott Hinson – CTO, Pecan Street: Scott leads activities and electrical research at the Pecan Street Lab. He worked at a thin film CIGS solar module manufacturer where he led module packaging, performance, certification and reliability efforts. Prior efforts include work in the military, medical, consumer and oil industries developing power supplies, precision measurement equipment and inductive heating technologies. Scott received his B.S.E.E. from The University of Texas at Austin with undergraduate specializations in both communications systems and power distribution. Scott was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Engineering Award for “transforming the world’s understanding of consumer and community electricity usage” by the the IEEE Power Engineering Society Central Texas Chapter. He is also a contributing author to Transmission & Distribution World Magazine.