Energy use in buildings accounts for nearly half the UK's carbon emissions, and as much as 40% of the energy we use in our homes and offices is wasted. It's hard to blame people for this. Most people would prefer to use only the energy they need - but at the moment that's a very difficult trick to pull off.
The main problem is obvious: energy is invisible in use, and it's bound to be difficult managing something that you can't even see! Also, it's hard to get excited about things you don't understand and can't visibly affect. As a result, energy-efficiency has traditionally been quite a hit-and-miss kind of hobby that can also be a bit dull. We set up More Associates' energy-communication programme specifically to help people to effortlessly understand energy, allowing them to easily save money, reduce their energy-consumption, and help the planet by reducing their carbon dioxide emissions. All without having to become energy-efficiency experts.
We've built a fully functional technology platform for communicating energy use to people, called MorePower. We've designed a formal language that makes it easy to talk about, visualise and understand energy use. And we've implemented this platform in a number of working installations, showing how - when people are given the tools to understand energy - they can and will use it a lot more effectively.
We've developed two prototype products based on the MorePower platform. Both products are designed for high performance behavioural efficiency and overall demand-reduction, while being easy and enjoyable to use. They are appropriate for use in corporate, SME and government offices, domestic trials and demonstration 'homes-of-the-future'. They help people to easily gain a deep understand of the connection between the way they use things and how they manage to get through so much energy! Normally, people either don't think about these things at all, or they have to guess, and these guesses are often very far off the mark. When you can actually see where your energy goes, you can focus your attention where it's most rewarding.
MorePower Single helps users to see the patterns of energy-use in their lives.
MorePower Single is designed for those situations where it is appropriate to use one energy-flow to represent the whole property. The display gives users all the information they need to see when they are using more, or less, than they think, giving them the opportunity to refine their expectations and discover energy 'leaks', and fix them!
MorePower Multi, the simplest way of seeing exactly where all your energy's actually going!
MorePower Multi gives users much more sophisticated feedback, providing separate information for each device in the building, helping users to see where all their energy is going, so they can quickly and easily focus their behaviour-change efforts in the most rewarding and cost-effective areas. The system works with things that make energy too, like solar panels and wind-turbines, and it will help you to use this energy to best effect. MorePower Multi is perfect if you want to become truly 'carbon-neutral', giving you the level of detail you need to shave off every last watt!
The MorePower products are available on a build-to-order basis. If you'd like one, get in touch by email or by calling 0207 841 8904.
The MorePower platform
MorePower is a sophisticated prototyping platform for monitoring, processing and displaying energy supply and demand data. We can quickly and cost-effectively generate new designs to fit with the specific energy-efficiency needs of our clients.
While MorePower is designed to be very simple in use, it can do some complex things when need be: In addition to collecting specific high-quality data on user behaviour, the platform can communicate with micro-generation appliances like solar PV, solar hot-water, wind-power, and ground-source heat pumps. It can monitor electricity, gas, water and other resource flows, and deliver energy-management services to other key systems (like central heating). Where appropriate, we can sense and correlate environmental factors like external and internal temperatures.
Using MorePower, we can cost-effectively develop, build and test new energy-display designs - either for a specific use scenario, or in preparation for a full design-for-manufacture process.