Tracking natural gas data (therms)

Snapmeter’s ease of use and powerful analytics now extend to natural gas data to help spot richer efficiency opportunities

As with electricity, we gather gas use and billing data directly from your online utility account. There’s nothing for you to install or configure in your building. An increasing number of utilities are making daily or even hourly gas readings available online. You’ll see these new features in Snapmeter if gas data is available and once it’s flowing for your account.

These icons will tell you which commodity data streams are available in the building.

How to show gas data on the interactive load curve chart

To browse your electricity use and gas use together on the same chart, select one of your Buildings that contains both electric and gas data. Keep in mind, you can focus in on one or the other types of data by selecting a specific electric or gas meter individually:

Natural Gas Data Analytics Chart

We have, at the top, four days worth of 15-minute electric interval meter data (kW) in yellow, hourly natural gas data (thm) in blue, and temperature in pink. The long term trend summary load curve for both commodities is included at the bottom.

Patterns revealed by heatmaps

Visualizing your gas data in a heatmap helps spot unintended pattern shifts between low-use days and high-use days and months those days occur:

natural gas data heatmap

The gas use intensity in your building is colored-coded from lower, in blue, to higher, in red. Hover over and click a square to jump to the weekly load curve that includes the day in question.

Bill history and variance reports

To review your natural gas bills in Snapmeter, first select a gas meter and navigate to the Bills section of Energy costs. Here you’ll find a chart of each month’s cost for as much data as is available in your account, and summary trailing twelve-month spend, use, and average $/thm metrics. A year-on-year variance summary is calculated for each month across weather, rate, and operational drivers.

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