Sense Debuts Carbon Intensity Tracking in the Sense App
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Sense announced that homeowners can use their Sense app to find out when the electricity coming into their home is cleanest or dirtiest and take steps to minimize carbon emissions. Sense debuted a new feature that shows the carbon intensity, a measure of carbon emissions that changes dynamically as the power grid taps different energy sources.
In addition to tracking the home's carbon usage in real time, the Sense app has a look-ahead view that forecasts the carbon intensity (CI), so users can plan high energy tasks, such as laundry, dishwashing or charging electric vehicles, for times when carbon emissions will be lowest, reducing their home's overall carbon footprint.
In the app, users can also see a breakdown of the fuel types that are powering the home right now. The energy sources on the utility grid vary widely from region to region, and regions change their fuel mix over the course of a day, creating variations in CI.
The new CI feature is included in the Sense app for the Sense Home Energy Monitor and Sense Solar. It's also included in all Sense-enabled products, such as the Square D™ edition of the Sense app for the Wiser Energy™ Home Power Monitor and the Square D™ Energy Center from Schneider Electric.
What is Carbon Intensity?
In most regions of the country, the carbon intensity of electricity generated by utility power plants varies throughout the day. At some times of day, such as when solar and wind are generating lots of power, carbon emissions are low. During other times, power may come from sources that emit more carbon, like coal or natural gas power plants, increasing the carbon intensity of the power on the grid.
In regions that rely primarily on a single, continuous power source, like hydro or natural gas, the carbon intensity varies only slightly, while in others with diverse power sources, the carbon intensity (CI) can rise and fall over the course of a day or week.
How Sense Reduces Carbon Emissions
To provide this new functionality, Sense has partnered with Singularity and has integrated with their Carbonara platform for both real-time and projected CI. Carbonara analyzes and provides carbon intensity data for 30 grid balancing authorities across the country.
The Sense app already has several features that help homeowners reduce their home's energy usage and carbon footprints, including:
How Energy Smart Homes Can Address Climate Change
"Homes are on track to become the single-largest consumer of electricity and homeowners realize that many of the resources currently being consumed to produce that electricity are negatively impacting our environment," said Michael Mahan, Vice President, Home & Distribution North America, Schneider Electric. "Now greater energy intelligence is being built into homes, including smart electrical panels, providing information and tools that allow homeowners to modify their behavior, empowering them to impact change for the betterment of the environment and their electricity bill."
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