Matthew Venn

technology, design, art, music

polargraph energy monitoring

Understanding energy is difficult, even for engineers – as we can’t see, feel or touch it. Conventional home energy monitors try to address this through representations in numbers, screens or bar charts, but many of us aren’t inspired by this!

The Polargraph Energy Monitor creates a physical record of our energy usage by plotting circles corresponding in size to the energy being used in real time. For the home, the energy is drawn within a picture frame. For public spaces: the Polargraph scales easily to many meters across, ideal to draw on interior and exterior walls.

Exposing energy use in a meaningful way allows us to understand where and when most energy is used, encouraging us to make simple changes to live more energy efficiently.

You can download an explanatory PDF here.

Instructable coming soon…

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