Data-viz of computer energy consumption

Data visualisation of daily electricity consumption

Graphs of daily electricity consumption

This data visualization shows hourly electricity consumption for each household taking part in Electric Footprint.

Simple drop down menus enable the viewer to make direct comparisons between their usage, their neighbour and the average for the street.

Night time readings are indicated in the interactive application with crossed bars.

Local weather readings taken from the Knowle West Media Centre building management system. Temperature will also help the residents determine if their heating is too high for milder days.

Data visualization commission

In stage 1 The Science City Bristol residency provided seed funding to explore the use of language in communicating energy usage. The example of weather records was used to describe the stark difference between the rich vernacular available when talking about weather compared to the limited bars and charts of energy use. What emerged during the residency was a concept of bringing emotional engagement into that vernacular, a vocabulary and way of humanizing energy data sets in the same way that weather analysis has a rich and descriptive language.

As part of the developing leadership status of the Bath & Bristol city region on Science, Digital and Green agenda, Electric Footprint was funded a second time to continue the earlier work and develop a suite of dynamic interactive applications that analyse electricity use. Partly as a result of the Science City Bristol funding, links between Knowle West Media Centre (as a Living Lab), Connecting Bristol and the Bristol Environmental Technologies Sector were strengthened. Links were also developed with the UoB Energy Research Programme "Energy & Communities".

In addition to the illustrative resources, online and real-world examples were experimented with to further engage individuals and communities in the energy debate. This fed into the KWMC Hot House project and attracted additional funding from UWE & UoB to support creative individuals from Knowle West in developing their artistic and commercial skills. This transition phase also connected the Hot House project with the Digital Cultures Research Centre (under Prof Jon Dovey, UWE) who curated a series of artistic works on visualising data.

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