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Everyone uses electricity in their home, often even during the day when they are out. During what are termed “peak hours”, or hours when most homes are using the most electricity, the power utility companies charge a premium to users to discourage them from consuming more than their share of the load.

What if there was a way to actively monitor your home’s electricity usage in real-time, while also keeping an eye on whether or not your region is experiencing peak loading? With our product, we imagine an ambient display that shows both personal usage and regional usage, nudging users to modify their electrical consumption based on the comparison they observe. This will both save the users money on their electrical bill and keep them aware of their impact on the environment, encouraging less energy consumption overall.

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