Watt Watchers

Energy consumption trainers

Watt Watchers is a network of collars for light bulbs that collectively dim to encourage better consumption habits. Using lights as a proxy for household energy use, the system reminds users when they are consuming above average power by mimicking a brownout.

People are aware of the need to reduce their energy use, but a wealth of consumption data does not effect a change. And devices that automatically shut off without the user having to make a decision address the symptom, not the problem. How can a user be made conscious of his consumption habits in order to change his overall behavior more effectively?

Notable Entry, 2008 Greener Gadgets Design Competition. In concert with Jordan Fischer and Sarah Jones.