14 Apr '11, 2pm
Could this work in the USA? Residents Paint Block with Life-Size Energy Graph, Cuts Usage 15% : by @ SamiGrover
"The public display was one novel aspect of the Tidy Street project. A second one was the fact that we got participants to read their meters and record their usage on the project website. Our motivation for using this energy monitoring approach was three fold: i) it's low energy; ii) it's low cost; iii) we thought this approach would make participants more energy aware in comparison to using a sensor network. All of the participants told us that manually recording his electricity usage did raise their electricity awareness. For example, one told us that he'd got an electricity sensor installed but had hardly ever paid attention to it, whereas manually recording his electricity usage daily had made him far more aware. Participants also got an appliance meter so they could explore how much electricity different devices in their home used."