Units of Measure
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Units of measure is the language of home energy information. We talk about our energy consumption in terms of specific units used to measure the consumption. Measuring is a vital part of the home energy information cycle. It is what guides us toward the actions we need to take in order to conserve energy and protect the environment. The ability to express those measurements in standard units has long been a benefit in understanding energy consumption. Each type of fuel such as electricity, natural gas, propane, fuel oil and others all have their own specific units associated with respect to measuring their consumption. Other environmental factors such as outside temperature affect our energy consumption. We measure these as part of the home energy information cycle and they also have specific units associated with them. We derive other values from the measurements to express consumption in ways that are convenient to make comparisons over time and from one location to another.