Monday, April 19, 2010

Energy Efficiency on the World Stage

The fastest, cheapest way to make the biggest impact on the available domestic energy supply is through energy efficiency.

Closing the efficiency gap between available and cost-effective options and the wasteful way energy is presently used will not only reduce the pressure on world resources; it will also save money, an estimated $2-to-$4 for every dollar spent.

Energy Efficiency on the World Stage

Depending on your point of view, this post is a little on the dramatic side for our liking. However, it does raise some interesting points and shows that energy efficiency is a measure that can be taken now and will save money - it's an important point, and makes the arguments over anthropogenic global warming completely irrelevant.

Energy efficiency saves money.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Power upload to Pachube!

So here it is - the live feed of my apartment's power consumption using the Bridge!

This has been achieved using a Current Cost ENVI (CC128), plugged into a prototype "Bridge" (basically an Arduino with some cunning software on it) which is then plugged direct into an internet router.

The Bridge will be commercially available in early May.

The timestamp on this is about ten hours out, as I am in Melbourne and this timescale is in Zulu, but you should get the idea. You can see the spikes where I turn the electric hob on, and the cycling of the fridge.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Current Cost ENVI now uploading direct to Pachube

So we've just received the prototype Bridge...

Simply plug an ENVI into the Bridge, plug the Bridge into your internet router, and hey presto! Power information being uploaded to the internet!

pachube :: connecting environments, patching the planet - bridge19

Lots of potential here...