By Hannah Egawhary CAG Project volunteer
Are you a CAG doing a thermal imaging project this winter and would like a better and more efficient way to store and analyse your data? If so, then the Community Energy Manager Tool is for you!
Bioregional has created a Community Energy Manager Tool. They are an organisation which champions a better, more sustainable way to live. They work with partners to create better places for people to live, work and do business. They have founded several green enterprises, influenced the sustainability of many thousands of new homes and worked with global businesses to make their operations and strategies more sustainable.
The Community Energy Manager (CEM) Tool could help groups manage their energy records. It is a database for community groups to organise and visualise their data and identify areas for targeted activity in order to plan and deliver their projects.
The CEM tool will help groups undertake and coordinate energy saving research projects in their local areas, such as identifying individual households for insulation/renewable energy measures and linking them with suppliers.
The tool uses open access data such as census data, to overlay socioeconomic information onto a map which can help groups focus activity on specific areas. Essentially, the CEM tool structures the process of gathering information to make it easier for groups to record data for their projects.
The CAG Project and Oxford City Council have jointly funded aspects of this project making it open to Oxfordshire based groups, so it is free to set up an account for non-profits. Any CAG that is interested would be encouraged to make use of this tool. There is a presentation by Bioregional and an FAQ guide.
As a volunteer having used the tool, “The tool should prove to be a very useful resource for energy groups to manage the data they collect from households and being able to upload their thermal imaging for example. The tool has great potential.”