How do I set electrical and gas costs into Pelican?
You must be an Admin of the site to set Utility rates.
- Log into your Pelican App.
- Select Admin.
- Select Site Settings.
There are two costs that can be added to your site: Cost Per Kwh & Cost Per Therm
Cost Per Kwh
Cost per Kwh (kilowatt hours) is the cost for using electricity. This is associated with running compressors or electric heating elements.
There are a variety of costs on an actual utility bill which can be difficult to decipher. We recommend taking the total amount paid for electricity on at least 6 months of utility bills and dividing it by the total number of kilowatt hours used by the facility. This gives the most usable cost per Kwh rate.
Cost Per Therm
Cost per Therm (1 Therm = 100,000 BTUs) is the cost for using gas. This is associated with running gas furnaces or gas boilers.
There are a variety of costs on an actual utility bill which can be difficult to decipher. We recommend taking the total amount paid for gas on at least 6 months of utility bills and dividing it by the total number of Therms used by the facility. This gives the most usable cost per Therm rate.
How does Pelican use this information?
Each time a Pelican thermostat enables a heating or cooling cycle it records how long it had that cycle active. This run-time is converted into Kwh or Therm/BTU usage (which is calculated based on the configured Power Consumption for that thermostat). This energy usage is then multiplied by either the site’s configured Cost per Kwh or Cost per Therm to record how much it cost you to run that HVAC cycle.
All this information (run-time, energy usage, and cost) can be viewed on your Pelican Usage Graphs.
Note: Your Pelican Usage Graphs are designed to help you identify how much energy and costs are associated with running all or individual HVAC units. This is to assist in finding best practices in reducing energy consumption. Pelican is not designed to replace or represent your actual Utility bills.