Make Over Monday: Energy Use at 10 Downing Street

I am just getting started with visualizations in Tableau and what better way to learn than to jump in with Make Over Monday. I am new to the software and still learning, so rather than try and make a high tech dashboard or complicated graphic I decided to work with the skills I have and instead focus on answering a question. I decided to go with this approach because the reality is a data visualization should answer a questions, otherwise it is just a pretty graphic.

After looking at the original graphic, which you can see here, I was left wondering what the energy use trends looked like. Was there a day of the week or time of day where energy use was significantly higher or lower? I felt that looking at this trend would tell us more about how the energy is used at Downing Street than simply showing a running log of watts used and carbon impact. With this in mind I created the following visualization.

Given that the Downing Street complex is both a home and a busy office it makes sense that power usage would be higher during the week when office staff would also be in the townhouse working. The energy usage data shows that is during business hours when energy usage is highest. If the goal where to reduce the carbon impact this would suggest that green solutions for the office area would have the highest impact.

After looking at the original graphic what question would you like answered? If you created a Make Over Monday Visualization of your own share a link in the comments, I would love to see what you did with the data. Until next next time, happy analyzing.


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