Nottingham Aims Energy Mapping at the Home
Rising energy prices and concerns about carbon emissions are making us all increasingly conscious of how much we spend on gas and electricity. A lot of organisations are ready to provide advice for reducing the bill, but now a city council is ready to use geographical information systems (GIS) to give people guidance in response to information about their homes.
From this month people in Nottingham will be able to access online guidance about energy saving tailored to their individual properties. The council is readying its energy mapping facility, which until now has been used internally, for web access by the public.
Nottingham was identified as the UK city most sensitive to rising electricity prices in a study by GIS specialist Esri UK and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). The study applied the technology to socio-economic data to map which areas of the UK will be hardest hit by rising energy prices this winter.
The city already has a well established, intelligent, district heating scheme, which supplies 4,500 properties and a number of commercial properties with heat. The geographical information systems map the district heating network in relation to the demand within the city, and identify opportunities to extend it.
The interactive energy mapping is part of Nottingham’s energy strategy to reduce city-wide carbon emissions by 26% by 2020 and to ensure that 20% of its energy requirements are met by renewable sources by then.