Save Energy Using Interval Data

This course is for anyone spending more than $5,000 a year on electricity and has a smart meter, or interval meter, supplying their site.

Interval data – which comes from a smart meter or interval meter – is absolute gold when it comes to identifying where there may be easy opportunities to save energy.

Undertaking this course will help find easy ways to cut your energy use at little or no cost.

Who should attend

  • Anyone spending more than $5,000 a year on electricity, has a smart meter or interval meter, and wants to save energy and reduce their energy costs.
  • Finance manager
  • Facility manager
  • Sustainability officer or manager

Learning objectives

This course shows you where you can get interval data from, how to manipulate it into a useful format (yes, even with an existing horrible format), how to match it to how your site is actually used, and how to identify and quantify energy savings opportunities. It builds on my experience in analyzing interval data for hundreds of buildings. I actually wish that had this training available back when I started, because it would have saved countless hours of trying to figure it how to work with awkward data files.

You’ll bring in some of your own interval data, and in the class will analyse it. You’ll be able to ask me any questions you like about your data and the opportunities to save energy that it reveals.

Learning outcomes for Save Energy using Interval Data

You’ll learn how to:

  • Get hold of interval data from your smart meter
  • Get the data into a useful format that you can analyse
  • Manipulate interval data to get insights into electricity usage patterns.
  • Understand how your site uses energy at different times of day.
  • Identify savings opportunities


A certificate of participation will be issued.

Course content

  • Sourcing interval data. Where you can find interval data, and what you need to do in order to get hold of this data.
  • Manipulating data into a useful format. This module shows you how to get the data into a format useful for analysis. Even if you have data in a horrible format.  
  • Understand time-of-use energy usage. You’ll learn how to use tools to quickly slice and dice your data, so you can understand how much energy is used at different times/in different seasons.
  • Identifying savings opportunities. Using an understanding of when and what your site is used for, you’ll learn how to identify opportunities to save energy from your interval data.
  • Quantifying savings opportunities. Drilling into interval data and trends to quantify savings opportunities.

Optional assessment.

Course length

3 hours, plus time required to source your interval data.  


This course is delivered in real time online, with a maximum of 17 participants.


You need to have a reasonable level of competency in Microsoft Excel.

An understating of the operations of your facility will aid in helping you use interval data to identify opportunities to save energy.

Resources required

  • You must have a reliable and fast internet connection that enables you to particulate using a webcam and headset, and a laptop or tablet with a keyboard. 
  • Zoom will be used to deliver the training.
  • Resources including templates will all be provided electronically.


Registrations are required 1 week in advance. If the minimum number of participants has been met, and places are still available, registrations will be accepted up to the day before commencement.

Cancellation / refund policy

Cancellations made 7 days prior to the training will be accepted and payment returned less a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 7 days before the training regrettably can’t be accepted. If you have not cancelled but don’t attend the training no refunds are available. If you attend the course, but do not display your face in real time and are removed from the training by the trainer, no refunds are available. 8020Green may cancel the training at its discretion. If this happens, you will have the choice of receiving a full refund or undertaking the training when it is next run.

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