The Effect of COVID-19 Work from Home Policies on Building Energy Profiles

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The rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is upending our economies and reshaping the way we live our lives. In order to show the impact of the new Work From Home policy on building energy profiles and patterns, David Energy reviewed the electric demand changes of a commercial building in Manhattan connected to Mycor. 

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 The rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is upending our economies and reshaping the way we live our lives. While we can easily anticipate some corresponding actions and reactions – empty streets and economic fallout – the short and long-term impacts on the energy and natural gas industries are less certain. 

This article is part of a review by David Energy of the impacts of COVID-19 on grid infrastructure and distributed energy and seeks to outline the current impacts of COVID-19 Work From Home (“WFH”) policies on energy usage from commercial buildings. 

 As more and more employees work from home, changing energy consumption patterns will likely lead to real changes in energy prices and modeling, particularly in a city like New York, where 71% of greenhouse gas emissions are from the built environment.

Solutions like David Energy’s energy management platform Mycor tracks building energy consumption in real time.

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