Tell me about the Activity Tracker in Powershop’s mobile app?

The Activity Tracker lets you add notes to your Daily Usage graph so you can explain any spikes (or drops) in your power usage. You can use the Activity Tracker to explain past events. Or you can set it to keep track of a future time period.

Explain your past
Say you look at your Daily usage graph and notice that your usage for one particular Sunday was really high. What was that about?

Oh, that’s right. You were cooking up a storm in the kitchen batch baking.

You can make a note of this in your Activity Tracker and choose an icon (e.g. cooking = a roasting chicken, laundry = a pair of underpants) to add to the relevant day on your Daily Usage graph. That way, you can see at a glance why your power usage peaked on that particular day.

Using the info
If you keep noticing big spikes that are down to having the oven on, you may decide to look into getting a more energy efficient oven. Or you may simply know that on the weeks you’re channelling your inner Masterchef you’ll need to whip into the Shop and buy an extra Powerpack.

Experiment and keep tabs on future use
You can also play around with changing your behaviour and use your Activity Tracker to monitor the outcome. For example taking showers instead of baths for a week. Or if you have a meter that can measure peak and off peak usage (e.g. day/night metering) doing your washing, or putting the dishwasher on at off peak times.

Specify the start and end times of your experiment in your Activity Tracker and you’ll get readings on the electricity used during these times, and how much it has cost based on your average cost per kWh for that period.

Looking at the past or the future, it’s a handy wee device with many uses:

  • Seeing what the effect a new heating system has on your usage.
  • Settling squabbles with flatmates who left the heater on in their bedroom all day.
  • Showing your teenagers the impact their long showers have on your back pocket.

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