FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ONSET DATA LOGGERS CHOSEN FOR LANDMARK WEATHERIZATION STUDY
Study to compare heating efficiency of bulk fuels vs. natural gas in low-income houses
BOURNE, MA, March 9, 2011 - Onset (http://www.onsetcomp.com), the world's leading supplier of data loggers, today announced that several hundred of the company's HOBO® data loggers are being used in a key national weatherization study funded by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Called the National Weatherization Assistance Program Evaluation, the effort marks the first time in two decades the federal government will gather technical data on energy consumption and other factors in homes treated under the federal weatherization program.
More than 200 Onset HOBO temperature data loggers and time-of-use data loggers are being installed in low-income homes throughout the Midwest, Northeast and South, where they will monitor primary heating system run times, as well as secondary heating systems such as space heaters and wood stoves.
Data loggers are crucial to the study because it is often difficult to measure heating energy use in homes that use bulk fuels. These homes do not receive monthly utility bills showing consumption patterns as do homes that use metered natural gas.
"We're interested in knowing when fuel is being consumed, which is not the same as monitoring heating calls or fan operation," said Dan Cautley, senior project manager with The Energy Center of Wisconsin, a Madison-based research and education firm. "To get burner on-time data, we're watching the power wire to the gas valve in propane systems, and in oil systems we are monitoring either the oil solenoid valve power, or when there is no solenoid valve, the burner power."
The data logging equipment will be retrieved in the spring of 2011, at which point the data will be analyzed to establish heating energy savings in the homes.
To learn more about the study, please visit http://www.ecw.org/weatherization. For more information about Onset HOBO data loggers, please visit http://www.onsetcomp.com.
Onset is the world's leading supplier of data loggers. The company's HOBO data logger and weather station products are used around the world in a broad range of monitoring applications, from verifying the performance of green buildings and renewable energy systems to agricultural and coastal research. Based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Onset has been designing and manufacturing its HOBO data loggers on site since the company's founding in 1981. Visit Onset on the web at onsetcomp.com.