Home Energy Management Tool Takes A Stylish Approach

Homeowners interested in reducing their energy consumption can choose from a myriad of smart meters. There are space-age technologies like the Energy Orb, or easy to install options like the Nest Smart thermostat. Although they’re capable of tracking how much energy is being used, and at what times of day, these devices only have an impact if they can deliver this information to the average user in a clear, engaging, real-time format.

Seeking this intersection between advanced technology and accessible output is what inspired Queensland University of Technology industrial design graduate Erica Pozzey to create Triad Energy: a web-equipped energy monitoring system that can be hung on any wall in the home and used to turn energy usage into captivating infographics.

Triad Energy Concept

Image via Triad Energy

True to its name, the stylish looking Triad offers a trio of specific high-tech features to better accommodate consumer needs: customization to make the information relevant, self-monitoring to continually observe progress and gauge progress in relation to others, and lastly guidance to make the best decisions in real time.

“The wall display is accompanied by a web platform so that you can send and receive from the Triad Wall and view a detailed history of your usage and gain information of others’,” said Pozzey. “Triad Energy can also send alerts to your mobile [phone] when you are nearing your target range which gives you the ability to further coordinate your energy use without changing established routines.”

Triad Energy Concept

Image via Triad Energy

For her work on Triad Energy, Pozzey received the Industrial Design Excellence award from Infinity Design and also the Product Development Excellence award from Prodex, design consultancy firms based in Brisbane. Learn more about how it works by watching the video below.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

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