A new free app from Future City Glasgow is helping city residents and businesses to assess their energy use. Residents who input information about the type of building they live in, the types of energy they use and their energy consumption will receive information on similar properties for comparison. If the app shows their home could perform better they will be able to access advice about steps they could take to improve it. The app can also be used by businesses to evaluate their premises.
The city is also tapping into renewable energy. Glasgow City Council is setting up an energy services company to oversee the creation of district heating projects in the city similar to the one at its Athletes’ Village. That system will heat the 700 new East End homes as well as the neighbouring Emirates Arena. Future City Glasgow is scoping vacant and derelict sites in the city to assess their suitability for use as mini solar farms.
Data from the Glasgow Energy app users will help build a more detailed picture of the type of energy used in different properties across the city and how energy efficient the buildings are. This data will help create a 3D energy model of the city and identify areas that would benefit most from technologies like district heating systems or solar panels.
Future City Glasgow developed the app in partnership with IES (Integrated Environmental Solutions). Don McLean, IES founder and managing director, said: “For cities to manage an ever-increasing influx of people they must become smarter, more energy efficient and sustainable.”
The Glasgow Energy app can be downloaded from the App store and Google Play, and is at www.glasgowenergyapp.org.