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[EnergyPlus_Support] Re: Cost in Output:Meter or Output:Variable

Anybody think there is a workaround for this where you could create a custom meter or something a long those lines?

--- In EnergyPlus_Support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "ntraughpee" <matthew.sverre.anderson@...> wrote:
> Well E+ can output hourly consumption in energy and if I know the energy type consumed per hour I figured that I would be able to see the $/hr consumed. 
> One of the major reasons why I would like something like this is that I am experimenting with using the EMS objects and there are recurring situations where minimizing energy consumed does not minimize cost. For instance a real world application is as follows:
> I have written a multizone/dual duct air handler mixed air temperature setpoint reset control block (in real life, not in E+) which determines the operating cost of the air handler and then determines the operating cost with a higher MaTp and a lower MaTp then changes the setpoint to minimize cost. Due to the fact that we pay much more for heating than cooling during a lot of the "nice" months we are economically forced to consume more energy by using our cooling coils than by using the "free cooling" of the outdoor air. 
> Also, in the results viewer it can only display metric units while I work in english and it would be easier to have it display $ values for quick reference instead of me trying to do a bunch of mental gymnastics to compare the two.
> --- In EnergyPlus_Support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Jim Dirkes <jim@> wrote:
> >
> > Matthew,
> > What do you expect an Output:Variable or Meter to do that is not done in the Report?
> > 
> > James V Dirkes II, PE, BEMP, LEED AP
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> > From: EnergyPlus_Support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:EnergyPlus_Support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of ntraughpee
> > Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2012 11:04 AM
> > To: EnergyPlus_Support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Subject: [EnergyPlus_Support] Cost in Output:Meter or Output:Variable
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Hello everybody,
> > 
> > So I have added a UtilityCost:Tariff and UtilityCostCharge:Simple and in the HTML output I can see the cost and by applying the per unit energy charges to the CSV output of the monthly totals I can see that the costs indicated in the HTML output are correct.
> > 
> > Right now I am looking for an Output:Meter or Output:Variable so I can see what the operating cost is for a building in terms of $. I spent a little time and couldn't find this, does it exist and if it does, where is it?
> >


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