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    Energy Consumption

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    INTRODUCTION

    The Energy Consumption screen is a tool to document utilities (gas, electric, wood and others) and energy usage.  Recording energy usage, including the Utility and Annual Energy Usage, may be used to:

    1. Determine if a client is considered High Use (energy use is high) or High Burden (energy costs are high when compared to income).
    • For programs that prioritize service delivery based on High Use and/or High Burden, the system does an automatic calculation and awards points to a client’s WAP Rank (Priority) if appropriate.
    1. Calculate Energy Savings.
    • Data entered on this screen, combined with the fuel costs set up by the system administrator, are used to determine the Pre-Usage and Pre-Cost amounts that will be displayed under System Fuel on the Energy Savings

     

    • Multiple energy consumption records can be created to document a client’s energy use. If a client has multiple utility providers, for example natural gas for primary heating and hot water, and electric for baseload (lighting and refrigeration), create a record for each type of energy use.

     

    The Energy Consumption screen is accessed by opening the client’s record from the Client List screen and selecting Energy Consumption from the CLIENT INTAKE menu.

    1. To create a new record, click Add
    2. To view (read-only) an existing record, click View at the beginning of the row.
    3. To edit an existing record, click Edit at the beginning of the row. 
    4. To delete a record, click Delete at the beginning of the row.

     

    See the tasks below for instructions on entering Energy Consumption information.

     

    FEATURES AND TASKS

    Add an Energy Consumption Record, Related Tasks and Information, Consumption Ratios by Climate for Residential End Use

    ADD AN ENERGY CONSUMPTION RECORD

    From the CLIENT INTAKE menu:

    1. Select Energy Consumption and click Add.
    2. Select a Utility from the drop-down list.
    3. Enter the utility account number in the Account Number
      • If the account number is not know or is not applicable (i.e. for wood), check No Account Number.
    4. Enter a date in the Date The date defaults to today’s date and can be changed by using the Calendar  feature or by directly entering a date.
    5. Enter the account holder name in the Name on Account If the name is the same as the applicant (name on the Client Information screen), check Same Name.
    6. Enter a Utility Allowance. Complete this field only if the applicant received energy assistance (such as LIHEAP) over the past 12 months.
      • A utility allowance reduces the amount a client has spent on energy use, and therefore, is considered in calculating high burden.
    7. Enter the Annual Energy Usage. The Annual Energy Usage is the total amount of energy in fuel units (Gallons for Oil, CCF for Natural Gas, tons for coal, gallons for kerosene, cords for wood, gallons for propane, kWh for electricity) the household consumed in one year.
      • If you do not know the annual usage, click Monthly Energy Usage to enter the monthly amounts and have the system calculate the annual usage.
      • Depending on the utility type being entered, additional fields may need to be completed. For example, if the utility is electric, the following usage types will be available: Heating Usage; DHW Usage; Cooling Usage; BaseLoad Usage.  If the utility is gas or oil, the following usage types will be available: Heating Usage; DHW Usage.    
    • When you check the first usage type checkbox, the usage will default to the annual usage. If the utility provides other usage types, enter those amounts in the other usage type fields and the default usage will automatically be reduced by that amount. For example, if the utility is Gas and it is only used for heating, when you check the Heating Usage box the full annual energy usage amount will display in the field.  If this is an electric utility and is used for heating, baseload and cooling, check all 3 boxes.  The system will default the Heating Usage to the Annual Usage, and as usage is entered for baseload and cooling, Heating Usage will automatically be reduced by an equivalent amount. 
    1. Click Save.
    2. Repeat the steps above for each utility (fuel) provider.

     

    • Utility options are managed by your system administrator. If the desired Utility (Fuel Vendor) is not listed, please contact your system administrator.

    RELATED TASKS AND INFORMATION

    Dynamic relationships exist between data entered here and the following weatherization screens: Heating/Cooling; Lighting; Refrigerator; Domestic Hot Water Heater.  Energy consumption records must include breakdowns for heating, cooling, baseload (lighting and refrigeration), and domestic hot water to populate utility or fuel options in these weatherization screens.

    CONSUMPTION RATIOS BY CLIMATE FOR RESIDENTIAL END USE

     

    Consumption Ratios by Climate for Residential End Use

     

     

    Consumption Ratios

     

    Housing Unit Characteristics and
    Energy Usage Consumption Ratios

    Climate Zone

    Space Heating %

    Space Cooling %

    Domestic Hot Water %

    Plugload %

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Total U.S.......................................................

    NA

    41.9%

    7.3%

    17.3%

    33.5%

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Climate Region

     

     

     

     

     

    Northwest/Marine......................................

    8

    38.3%

    1.8%

    21.0%

    38.9%

    North Central/Very Cold-Dry.................

    7

    55.2%

    0.4%

    16.3%

    28.1%

    North Central-East/Cold Temperate........

    6

    54.7%

    2.1%

    16.2%

    27.0%

    Midwest-Mideast /Temperate/Dry..........

    5

    51.1%

    2.6%

    16.4%

    29.9%

    South Central/Temperate.....................

    4

    40.8%

    7.0%

    17.5%

    34.7%

    South Central/Warm Humid...................

    3

    28.4%

    14.0%

    17.4%

    40.2%

    Southwest/Dry...................................

    2

    25.4%

    12.2%

    21.4%

    41.0%

    South Fl & Ca Marine.............................

    1

    14.5%

    24.5%

    17.3%

    43.7%

     

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