Title

Knowledge is Power: Regaining Control from the Rebel Appliance

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Abstract/Artist Statement

Electrical appliances serve important functions in our everyday lives, yet we have very little understanding of how they function. In light of our energy crisis, people are becoming more conscious of buying energy efficient products, but still lack a comprehensive knowledge of how much energy their appliance actually consumes. The purpose of this project is to supply a means by which the average consumer can better quantify the energy use of their household appliances, including the monetary cost associated with them, so as to gain the knowledge they would need to effectively cut back on their energy usage. The project has an added feature that allows it to communicate with your personal computer so that you can monitor energy usage over time. This allows consumers to truly see how much energy is being consumed, even when the appliance is in a low-power state, and track your progress in reducing your energy usage.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

2-5-2009 2:00 PM

End Date

2-5-2009 3:30 PM

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Knowledge is Power: Regaining Control from the Rebel Appliance

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Electrical appliances serve important functions in our everyday lives, yet we have very little understanding of how they function. In light of our energy crisis, people are becoming more conscious of buying energy efficient products, but still lack a comprehensive knowledge of how much energy their appliance actually consumes. The purpose of this project is to supply a means by which the average consumer can better quantify the energy use of their household appliances, including the monetary cost associated with them, so as to gain the knowledge they would need to effectively cut back on their energy usage. The project has an added feature that allows it to communicate with your personal computer so that you can monitor energy usage over time. This allows consumers to truly see how much energy is being consumed, even when the appliance is in a low-power state, and track your progress in reducing your energy usage.