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Comparing electricity bills on your next apartment hunt

One of the most important considerations in an apartment hunt is the comparison of utilities (electricity, water, cable/internet) costs at different apartment units. We propose a way to leverage existing Green Button data and make the comparison of electricity costs at different apartment units more comprehensive and user-friendly. There are two important metrics when comparing between candidate apartments: the total ...more »

Submitted by (@angi616)

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EnergyFact Label

We propose "EnergyFacts" as a killer idea to solve the real world problem of knowing the energy facts of products. Consumers and businesses want and need more information about the consumption, responsibility and sustainability of the products that they purchase and the companies that make them. This information should be freely and easily available to everyone. When you pick up an item at the store you should know how ...more »

Submitted by (@jonesjudge95)

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"Smart Me Energy App" -

Every day, many families in the United States look for ways to streamline their energy consumption. They struggle to find good information to make the best decisions. The “Smart-Me Energy” is an app designed to combine 3 things: green button data, product energy utilization information, & educate/inform about energy alternatives. The goal is to provide people with specific energy consumption information, lead them ...more »

Submitted by (@bfox00)

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Consistency in Definitions and Application

In my area there is a great deal of effort to develop an energy market, integrate wind and other variable resources, and to operate the grid "efficiency." What is missing is using a single set of terms, operational protocols, and defntions so that the various entities and balancing authorities (BAs) can actually work in concert. It would require looking at each Balancing authority and identifiying its capability (done ...more »

Submitted by (@afdeblasio)

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My Electricity

Many people are seriously disconnected from the reality of what goes into providing a utility such as electricity. They would have no idea where their electricity comes from, or how it is generated. With this kind of disconnect, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that it is limitless. An app could take a users location and based on the users city, could present information including the source of their electricity ...more »

Submitted by (@bruce0)

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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 »

Submitted by (@rking0)

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Neighborhood Energy Watch (N.E.W)

Americans communities and neighborhoods have successfully collaborated and worked together over the last several decades in in the Neighborhood Watch program. Neighborhoods have realized that when people get together for a common purpose, they can accomplish much more than what an individual alone can even dream of accomplishing. Why not leverage the same framework and tackle the Neighborhood energy challenge? That ...more »

Submitted by (@jagaram)

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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 »

Submitted by (@duesty)

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TROT - Truck Routing Optimization Tool

At any given moment in the US, significant numbers of heavy freight trucks (e.g. "18-wheelers", Class 8) are operated over long distances with less-than-full or even empty payloads. This deadheading results from suboptimal coordination between drivers, trucking companies, and customers with freight requirements. Based on fuel costs alone, the economic potential of optimizing annual truck journeys by even 1% is ~$1.1B/yr ...more »

Submitted by (@kuenley)

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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 »

Submitted by (@henry.brown)

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Rewards system for students that reduce energy in college

Because students don’t see a regular electric bill, they do not have any incentive to use electricity responsibly. All of their energy costs are factored into a flat rate housing cost regardless of the amount of electricity used. Universities, however, are often stuck with high energy bills because students are irresponsible. The students have no idea how much they are using, and therefore do not really care about the ...more »

Submitted by (@schmi488)

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EnerGene | Smartphone Application

PROBLEM STATEMENT. Increased energy use raises the price of energy, carbon monoxide emissions, and our nation’s dependency on fossil fuels, damaging our ecosystems and fostering greater economic instability. SOLUTION. “EnerGene” is a smartphone application that uses video and audio data to analyze the “energy genetics” of a building while pinpointing sources of energy inefficiency and over-consumption. The application ...more »

Submitted by (@bveal06)

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