Energy Monitoring and Feedback System


We are pleased to partner with Oberlin College, the City of Oberlin, and Lucid Design Group on an energy monitoring and display system funded through a grant from the Great Lakes Protection Fund.  Under the direction of John Petersen, associate professor and director of Oberlin College’s environmental studies program, the grant will fund a four-year pilot project that will develop approaches to monitoring and displaying electricity and water consumption of both the retail and residential components of the East College Street Project. The display technology will enable residents and business owners to receive real-time information on their energy and water use, and connect this information with its environmental and economic effects.

This system provides a powerful tool for people who want to understand and minimize their energy and water use. They will be able to see how their current use compares to last week or last year, or what the true impact is when they take shorter showers or turn off the lights.

Additionally, the system translates resource consumption data into everyday units so that it is accessible and engaging to a non-technical audience. Energy use is expressed in dollars, equivalent hours of light bulb use, pounds of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere and more. This will allow individual and collective consumption to be presented in the context of the environmental implications of this consumption.

The Dashboard System will also be tailored to the ECSP to include a building and community events calendar, weather and climate information, ride sharing boards, recycling information, and daily building-use tips and information.