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Published on August 13th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen


Total Power Saving

August 13th, 2011 by  

There’s been a lot of talk about power consumption and conservation, as well as of renewable energy sources, after the Tohoku earthquake and the exploding reactors that reduced Japan’s power output by quite a bit.

The Japanese company DNP Social Link has launched a smartphone application which allows users to monitor electricity usage in the home. The application, called “Total Power Saving,” is free to download for DNP Social Link’s customers in Japan.

The application analyzes your monthly power bill, and you can set your desired power consumption and/or energy conservation amount. The app automatically calculates your progress toward the goal, and you can view that progress at any time. Although most of us are only aware of how much power we use when we look at our monthly power bill, the habit of regularly checking power usage should lead to increased awareness of that power usage and then power conservation. DNP also hopes to integrate the application with the contents on its website, increasing the number of users.

DNP’s application not only monitors current power use, but its ability to analyze the monthly power bill also lets it analyze the users’ past consumption habits. Since it’s not always easy to figure out where you can cut back on power usage, the application also connects to Twitter. Users are encouraged to share tips and frustrations, hopefully creating an extensive if somewhat chaotic body of knowledge on how to use less power.

Of course, checking the home power meter against the application – to record total power consumption – also helps both the application and the user measure progress towards the power saving goal. The user can gather concrete data to decide how often to use appliances like the air conditioner while still saving energy.

DNP Social Link is a subsidiary of Dai Nippon Printing.

Source: Kankyo Business 


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About the Author

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.

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