Aclara Goes Green with Carbon Footprint Module
Every individual, organization, event or product, in some way, gives off a greenhouse gas emission creating a unique carbon footprint. Increasingly we are trying to find ways to reduce this carbon footprint, which can have negative effects on the environment. The Aclara Carbon Footprint Module helps bring awareness to this issue and provides a useful tool to help:
- Educate residential customers on their carbon emissions and what makes up their carbon footprint.
- Assist customers in quantifying their current carbon footprint.
- Illustrate to customers how their emissions compare to others.
- Promote efficient, carbon-reducing practices.
- Identify beneficial green programs hosted by their utility or other 3rd parties.
The application is simple to use as customers input information on their home, transportation, current energy and water usage, and waste. Then with a click of a button, they see an updated carbon emissions output.
Looking at the Numbers
The Carbon Footprint Module contributions are displayed graphically and categorized as household, transportation, or waste and will be compared against the national average.
The module then provides a list of suggested actions that customers can take to reduce their carbon emissions as well as links to beneficial utility programs or a green power program.
Making it Work for You
Since no two utilities are the same, clients can request specific configurations with regards to the following:
Inputs: Clients may eliminate some of the default inputs or rearrange the order of the questions.
Analytics: Utilities may customize the carbon emission factors, instead of using the default regional inputs, so they are consistent with carbon factors used in other applications.
Outputs: Carbon Footprint
- Project managers can configure labels and other information displayed on the suggestion actions page.
- Clients can specify benchmark carbon footprint values to compare regional, global, national, and state emissions averages.
Actions: Clients may update information on a variety of efficiency measures such as lighting, HVAC upgrades, controls, solar energy, and green energy rates.
Integrating Billing Data
The Aclara Carbon Footprint Module supports the integration of gas, electricity, and water billing-data. The module also automatically pre-populates the associated energy consumption fields and profile information from other Aclara applications such as Home Energy Center or Bill Prism. The software does provide the ability to overwrite the data.
When billing data is not available for one or more of the fuels used in the home, the customer’s energy use will be estimated based on their home characteristics.
For more information, contact:
Director, Product Management
Customers input information on their home, transportation, current energy and water usage, and waste to see an updated carbon emissions output.
The module provides a list of suggested actions that customers can take to reduce their carbon emission.