The guide below provides instructions to help you get the most out of the Ecologic energy assessment and retrofit platform. The first three sections 'Audit your property', 'Assess your options' and 'Act on your plan' provide instructions for the core functionality for all users. The Professional Features section provides guidance for how to use features specific to energy service professionals, and the Partner Features section provides more detailed instructions on configuring the platform for utilities, cities and other channel partners.
The following instructions detail how to input the information required to perform an energy audit.
The Audit Process comprises a series of Questions, with a form control provided depending on the type of data being provided.
Some common form controls include:
There are also several special controls that are unique to the Ecologic software:
Questions are grouped into Sections, with each Section representing a particular building feature, fixture or appliance. Sections are turn grouped into Steps, which represent collections of similar Sections such as those sections on utilities, the building occupants, electronic appliances etc.
Instead of overwhelming you with questions, we've gone with a more layered approach. Questions are grouped by priority, with critical questions such as the type of heating system shown prominently, and more detailed questions shown in optional slide-out forms. If you'd like to add more detail about a property feature by, for instance, adjusting the thermostat setting of your heating system, simply click 'more detail' and the additional questions slide out from below the top-level question.
If you don't want to answer a question that's no problem. We fill any unanswered questions with smart defaults.
The defaulting logic varies from question to question and is detailed in the Engineering Reference Documentation however the following provides some simple examples:
Many defaults are location-specific, such as the local electricity tariff structure and rates, or the most common heating or cooling system.
The default is typically shown in the audit interface as a greyed question.
If you're unsure how to answer a question or if you'd like to learn a bit more about a particular question, click the 'more info' button in the bottom right of the question card. This will launch a dialogue box which will explain why the question is important, and provide further detail on each of the question options.
The audit requests a range of details about your building to assess how it is likely to perform throughout the year and how much energy your heating and cooling systems are likely to use. This includes:
In addition, the audit includes a widget to describe the specific geometry and features of the building. To specify the building geometry:
Generally your answers to the wall questions above will be applied as defaults to all walls you have specified in the wall widget, however if you wish to specify an exception for a specific wall or walls, you need to edit that wall. Simply click on an existing wall to edit, which will show a dialogue box, with a set of questions for that wall (e.g. wall type, window area, external boundary condition, eave depth etc).
Once the simulation have been completed you will be sent a list of charts to help you analyse your energy use and help you develop a tailored energy plan.
The first page provides a sense of how the property performs, including a comparison of the energy consumption with typical and efficient properties, and a breakdown of which appliances consume the most energy and money to run.
The second page provides information to help you identify your tailored energy plan. This includes the estimated cost of each action, together with the bill savings likely to be achieved, taking into consideration your unique conditions.
You can add or remove actions from your plan by clicking on the action cards. Once you're happy with your selection click 'act on my plan' to pledge your actions and create your plan.
We have provided a range of services to help you implement your tailored energy action plan.
When you click 'Act' on the top navigation menu you are taken to the Plan section. Here you are presented with a card for each of the items you nominated earlier.
For tailored advice and product offers click the relevant action.
To request a specific offer, click 'Get Quote' and fill out the form fields provided. This will forward your contact details and product specifications to your preferred product or service provider.
This section provides instructions on how to perform several features that are unique to Ecologic Pro and Ecologic Partner
To create an additional audit
To review your list of audits
To edit your team:
To add a team member:
To remove a team member or change their access level:
To generate a report
To edit the report logo, standard text copy or styling:
This section provides instructions on how to perform several features that are unique to Ecologic Partner
Your Ecologic Partner subscription includes a Gateway or white-labelled instance of the Ecologic Platform for your networks to self assess their properties.
Your Gateway includes the ability to provide the following customisations:
To edit your gateway:
Ecologic Partner provides support to manage a team of suppliers that are unique to your campaign.
To specify a set of suppliers within Ecologic you will need several key details:
For each specific offer you will need to provide:
Ecologic Partner provides several features to support effective email marketing campaigns.
For campaign tracking purposes, Ecologic allows recruited participants to be tracked against a unique email campaign ID.
To streamline the experience for recruited participants, Ecologic provides support for key user details, such as name and email address to be included in a 'magic link'. Essentially, the user's details are embedded in an encrypted key, which is included in the email hyperlink. When the user clicks this link, their details will be forwarded to our database and an account automatically generated for them. To enable this feature you will need to obtain an encryption key from Ecologic Apps and we will assist you with creating the 'magic links'.