The How-To section contains practical articles that dive deeper into you how to do specific tasks via the Switch APIs. Before reading these we recommend reading the Tutorial that best matches you use case. Then come back here to perfect your integration.

Getting your customers Account provisioned

First set their location, utility, tariff rate plan:

Then baseline how much electricity they are using:

  • Use a bill to estimate consumption - estimating a customer’s annual energy usage from a single bill based on the cost
  • Load Time-of-use (TOU) readings into a Profile or Calculation - uploading a customer’s usage profile or running a calculation with TOU reading data
  • Forecast a years energy usage with just one bill using Use Intelligent Baselining - intelligent baselining (IB) is a way to take some usage data, such as a consumption number from a bill, and a) extrapolate it out to a full year, b) interpolate it into hours and c) project it to a different time period. Read this article to get a better understanding of IB.

Some techniques for specific markets and more accurate results:

  • Handle Taxes - passing tax rates in a calculation request and setting tax rates on an account
  • Contracted Rates in Deregulated markets - for deregulated markets, micro-grids, what-if contracts and more, here’s how to use contracted rates. We include some detailed examples of how to model Block and Index contracts.
  • User Adjusted Rates - add one or more of your own rates to any calculation.

Model Solar and Storage

These how-to articles are about how to integrate your solar production modeling and other activity related to solar and storage impacts on usage, whether actual or forecasted.

Determine Utility Savings

These how-to articles are primarily related to running Savings Analysis calcuations that will forecast utility cost savings.

And if you are taking advantage of our residential Solar Incentives data: