Smart Grids and Smart Homes
How might we design services to help people monitor and better allocate energy resources at home and across neighborhoods?
Specific angles to explore
In recent years, new products have been developed that help users track their energy usage at home. One such product is the Nest Learning Thermostat which is installed in a home and learns users’ energy usage behaviors over a given time period in order to better allocate energy resources throughout the day. Similarly, smart meters are being installed by cities to replace aging water meters in homes in order to give city public works officials more accurate and timely knowledge of a home or community’s water usage in order to adapt to community needs. Another example is the app offCents which accurately tracks and individual’s carbon emissions through their transportation methods and allows users to make donations to programs that will help offset their carbon emission.
Measuring Emissions: How might we provide people with accurate measurements of their daily carbon emissions?
Accessibility: How might we make smart home products more accessible to people in low-income communities?
Maximizing Data: How might we help city officials find new uses for the data collected by new smart meters and smart home products?