Fuel Use Monitoring

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Pressure transducer installed on the fuel tank.CCHRC researchers are testing several methods of monitoring fuel use at the household level. The study, funded by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, is an attempt to identify a cost-effective and accurate method to monitor heating oil consumption across Alaska. That data could then be used to evaluate whether state energy efficiency targets are being met.

The flow meter calculates flow by the use of a thermal mass flow measurement. A microchip measures the spread of heat (added by a heating element in the tube) through the liquid. The flow rate is calculated from information on how the heat spread through the liquid.Several different monitoring systems have been set up on both a boiler and a Toyo stove. The systems vary in price and level of complexity. They include a floating gauge, ultrasonic fuel level sensors, electrical monitoring equipment, pressure transducers, flowmeters, scales and more. Researchers will collect data from all the systems for one month before beginning to analyze and compare the systems. CCHRC will prepare a research report detailing how each system worked, how to set it up and collect data, how much the system cost and the pros and cons of using it.

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Projects

DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects These projects seek to reduce and stabilize energy costs of tribal buildings in four different communities in Southwest Alaska.
Energy Efficiency Program & Policy Recommendations This project is a comprehensive review and analysis of the energy efficiency policies and programs in the State of Alaska. The final report was completed in 2008 and many of the recommendations were implemented.
Mountain View Housing Study This study evaluated new homes built by the Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) and a local contractor that are heated with boilers or furnace. Researchers examined the energy efficiency, homeowner comfort, indoor air quality, and humidity control of the homes. The project is jointly funded by the Cook Inlet Housing Authority and CCHRC.
Combustion Air/CO Study This study looked at how homeowners provide combustion air for atmospherically vented appliances and assessed the performance of power-vented appliances.
Evaluating Residential Heating Systems This project measured the design heat load of houses by monitoring the runtime of the furnace in relation to outdoor temperatures. The study monitored 20 houses in the Anchorage area during very cold weather to better determine appropriate heating system sizing for the HVAC industry.