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Air Conditioning causes Diabetes and Global Debt

Air conditioning (AC) and the sedentary lifestyle have created a diabetes epidemic consuming US Federal budget via Medicaid and chronic disease. Use DOE/NIH data to show the growth of disease after the introduction of AC in 1960's. 1/3 of US will be diabetic in 2050 bankrupting US budget through AC caused chronic disease. Build a model of AC taking over the world economy as sedentary lifestyle condemns future generations ...more »

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WattTime Impact API

The environmental impact of electricity varies in real time throughout the day. Ever wanted to know the carbon footprint of your electricity, right here, right now? Or which times of day are usually cleaner than others? The voters in Contest #1 did when they selected Green Energy Tracker as the "Popular Choice" winner (http://energychallenge.energy.gov/a/dtd/Green-Energy-Tracker/12606-26122). And it turns out that for ...more »

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Link to Design : http://api.watttime.org/

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Residential demand response using Smart Meters

Many environmental and economic benefits of the smart grid have yet to be realized by residential users. One of the most promising smart grid technologies is demand response in which load reductions supplant the need to spin up expensive and carbon intensive “peaker plants”. While common in commercial and industrial sectors, demand response has not penetrated the residential market. Current residential demand response ...more »

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Current, forecast, and historic generator output/capacity

Utility companies may have opposite objectives than the consumer. A utility may be content to generate electricity during peak hours, at high emissions, and sell to consumers at high rates. Consumers may be driven by different objectives. They may buy smart appliances which already respond to time-of-use pricing or emergency demand response signals from the utility. A new electricity generation web service directly from ...more »

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Grid or Equipment Failure Notification

Using meter data alone (green button) one could determine whether a parties' electric power were disconnected and notify the party of the outage so that appropriate action could be taken, especially in the even there are potentially negative consequences. Using thermostat readings from a communicating thermostat, in concert with local weather data, can easily determine when an air conditioning system has failed for any ...more »

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The Wind Number

Most Americans don’t like being told what time of day they should use electricity, even though meeting their demand is going to get expensive as more renewables are integrated into the electrical grid. Popular reaction to load shifting ranges from procrastination to disinterest to outright rejection of the very idea of it. Yet survey after survey indicates that Americans would choose clean energy over fossil fuels if ...more »

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Energy Manager - For Aggregated Residential Demand Response

Even though residential loads account for close to 40% of the total electrical load in the US, utilities often resort to large commercial or industrial users for demand relief. This application introduces a middleman - The Integrator who will control a cluster of loads such as a neighborhood or a large apartment complex and provide demand relief to the utilities during their time of need. We assume certain appliances ...more »

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SolarGarden.gov

Many homeowners like the idea of solar panels, but few actually invest in them. Why not? --> Some homes aren’t located in ideal, sunny locations. --> Some homeowners can’t afford the installation or leasing costs. --> Some don’t like how the panels look, or live in covenant-controlled neighborhoods where they’re not allowed. --> Many don’t plan on staying put for the 7+ years it can take for a system to pay for itself. ...more »

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Oroeco - Earn rewards for living your values!

In our globalized world we are increasingly removed from the production systems that create the products and services we use everyday. Each dollar we spend and invest has social and environmental impacts linked to global supply chains we depend upon, we just can’t easily see these impacts, compare choices and add everything up. We’re voting with our wallets every day, but we don’t really know what we’re voting for and ...more »

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JouleBug

JouleBug is an app that encourages and rewards sustainable actions (represented by Pins). As users earn points and Pins, effective energy use is spotlighted with actions like adjusting the thermostat, cold water washing, installing LEDs, ridding vampire load and more. As these actions reduce the user’s electric bill, it’s made visible to them in the app via the Green Button Data graph. The app has hundreds of Pins, ...more »

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BulbCycle - Cataloging the Life Cycle of Light Bulbs

I love inefficient incandescent light bulbs, they’re cheap, they’re reliable, they get the job done and I can get rid of them easily. I want to like the alternatives and I want my fellow citizens to like the alternatives. I’ve tried to use Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) but the longevity claims seem specious and I cannot stomach the price of LED alternatives. In my house, CFLs seem to burn out before incandescent ...more »

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