I have an emonpi installed at home, and discovered a great deal of insights about my energy consumption.
I’ve seen a documentary about the city of Masdar, I was impressed with their idea to have a colored light in a position visible from the whole city showing blue color if energy consumption is within range, and red color to show if energy consumption is above.
The idea behind this is that everyone should be always aware of the energy consumption of the system and maybe choose to delay energy hungry activities until the system can afford it, (ie. when they see the light turning blue)
At home I’m having a similar need, I need a super immediate way to make everyone in the house conscious of the real time energy status so they can make informed decisions on how to use electricity (cook, start the kettle, do the laundry, use the vacuum etc.).
I believe that this could lead to significant improvements on our energy consumption and better use of what our panels produce during the day.
A colored light installed in a central position at home would work, but really any other mean would be good too.
Any ideas on how to get that?