There are a bunch of ways of getting the skinny on what your energy consumption is. The trouble is that most of the time, these figures are displayed in numbers, or if you're lucky graphs. We think that if this information were displayed in a more visual fashion, it would actually help you keep your energy usage down.
The Energy Aware Clock was created by Swedish designers Loove Broms, Karin Ehrnberger, Sara Ilstedt Hjelm, Erika Lundell and Jin Moen. It's basic design is to make users aware of your home's energy usage by simply visualizing that consumption on the clock's face. What's novel about this clock is that it indicates the amount of electricity used in its vicinity automatically, in real time.
Sounds almost like science fiction, but if the clock is plugged into one of those energy monitors, it could make a lot of sense. We've always believed that numbers on a fancy display aren't enough to tell the story of wasted electricity. The EA Clock simply shows you this with it's pattern. The larger it becomes, the more you are using electricity. The EA Clock is currently on display at the Visual Voltage exhibition at Design Vlaanderen in Brussels. The clock tells the time by using the energy usage graphic. It looks pretty cool.
Although it's currently being displayed in an exhibition, it's logical to have some kind of easy to read display to view your energy usage. You can save money just by visualizing it properly, somewhere between 10-30%, depending on how frugal your are.
[via Designboom, photos by Interactive Institute and Erik Adamsson]