Learning About the AWARE@Home Project
The United States represents less than 5% of the world’s population and consumes approximately 25% of its energy. The goal of AWARE@home is to reduce energy, gas, and water consumption in the U.S. residential and commercial sectors by creating real-time consumption awareness that will encourage consumers to save money and protect the environment at the same time. While related technologies exist for industrial use, little has been done to bring energy and utility (e.g., electricity, gas, water) management to individual American homes using Wi-Fi technology. Our goal in this project is to develop a system that could help millions of households reduce their expenditures on utility consumption by 10%. While modest and realistic sounding, such an accomplishment would represent a massive reduction in resource utilization and pollution that would begin to put the United States on a more environmentally sustainable path.
AWARE@home is a simple-to-use and inexpensive tool for Americans to monitor their own utility consumption patterns. It empowers consumers to save money, conserve resources, and get more in-touch with their “environmental footprint”. By reducing U.S. household consumption of natural gas, water, electricity, and gasoline, AWARE@home will help to shift the environmental focus and discussion from developing new infrastructure (putting solutions well off into the future) to much more inexpensively improving the existing infrastructure and consumption patterns today. It will also serve to relieve some of the pressure being placed on water scarce regions, as well as help to reduce dependence on foreign oil.