Energy management via Force
John K sent me this link today that i find really intriguing.
It shows a prototype of a switch or dimmer for household use that becomes harder to turn on when another switch is on. The slider has increased resistance based on power usage.
The concept is that you go to turn on a light in your bedroom and it gently reminds you that you have on lights all over the house. I like the idea. I struggle to get my family to manage electrical use in our home. I have even installed timers on switches that often get left on downstairs in the basement. The kids confound me by overriding the timers!
I like the idea presented of setting energy goals for the home and having the very devices that you deal with all the time remind you of the goals. It's not that you can't turn the lights on - but it is harder to do so. A gentle reminder.
I also would like to request the option of making the TV not come on if the lights in my kids rooms are on! What do you think of these options? The comments from readers on the link above are not too kind. Take a look at a few.
The last guy really takes the cake. "When faced with the choice to save 20 bucks or half a tree ... I'll choose the Jackson everyday." Why is it that we are not willing to invest in saving energy? Always chasing the dollar.
I wonder if his grandkids will feel the same way? If there are any "half trees" left that is.