Tokyo based Sassor is working on a tool called Energy Literacy platform (ELP) that helps the users understand their energy consumption pattern (by tracking household appliances individually) and also allows them to turn these devices off remotely through a laptop or a Smartphone.
Energy literacy platform consists of
- ELP module, which is placed between the power outlet and the electronic appliance.
- ELP receiver, which receives the information from the ELP module and transfer it to the computer.
- ELP Website, which displays the energy consumption pattern. Using the website, the users can set a maximum electricity capacity (or a maximum financial capacity) for the ELP module. The website also allows the users to see the energy consumption pattern of the household.
Energy efficiency has become a buzzword now days. Almost all the household appliances boast of being highly efficient. But the truth is that most of us are unaware of our consumption pattern. So it doesn’t matter how much efficient the appliances are, if we do not have the means to monitor them. But that can change.
Several companies including Google have started to work on this aspect and the latest ELP tool seems to be an extension to that. The concept has a tremendous earning potential for the companies and I feel that we will see more of these ideas in the future. And it makes perfect sense for the users too. After all, one who controls the energy controls the society.