Energy projects at municipalities and housing corporations

 

Alderman does battle with inhabitants of Enschede

 

Doe groen. Dat scheelt.Do green, that saves (In Dutch: Doe groen dat scheelt) is a project for residents in Enschede. Households of 't Ribbeltje and Stokhorst started a battle against alderman Hans Agteren to save as much energy as possible in their homes.

The residents of Dahlia Street and Spielhorst Street in Enschede have the opportunity to get insight in their energy behavior with the Wattcher. For six weeks the residents who participate receive a weekly assignment and saving tips so that they can change their energy behavior. To make energy saving more fun a "battle" is connected to this community project.

For more information look on the special theme website: www.doegroendatscheelt.nl

Amsterdam South Lending action

Amsterdam district South makes the Wattcher available to its residents. The goal is to make the inhabitants more aware of their energy consumption and help them to save energy. Through the district centers the Wattchers are lent to inhabitants for a period of 3 months. After this period the products become available for new interested people. The system is simple. After signing a contract the resident takes the Wattcher home. When returning the Wattcher the resident gets his deposit refunded automatically again.

Meanwhile, there are some nice results for the lending activity of Amsterdam South. One is to read in the article below (in Dutch).

Wattcher Energie Monitor in de wijkkrant van Amsterdam Zuid

 bron: stadsdeelkrant Amsterdam Oud-Zuid, 19-04-2010

Amsterdam South-East: Amsterdam Centre for Housing helps families reduce their energy costs.

ASW provides a pathway for adults (and the children of these adults) to use the Wattcher and think how it can help them save energy. Each family was given Wattcher set for a few weeks for getting insight of their daily energy behavior in their homes and at the end they were asked to do 5 excercises about what they learned.

Conclusion of the project evaluation: "The Wattcher is a great tool to help people get more grip and understanding in the efficient usage of their electrical equipment. By displaying the direct consumption in the living room or kitchen, the awareness of energy consumption grows. This encourages selective usage of the equipment.

Wattcher Energie Monitor Amsterdams Steunpunt Wonen

 

A practical example from the project of Amsterdam Centre for Housing

Cynthia and her daughters have been living for 25 years in Amsterdam Southeast. Cynthia mainly wanted to participate with her children to get a better grip on her energy usage and get insight how to reduce that. The Wattcher certainly helped. The children placed the Wattcher on several locations in the home and noted ever changing consumption. They calculated what was the difference in usage and found out what was cause of this difference.

Installing the Wattcher was done by a friend and was done in no time. No problem. Cynthia and her daughters talk to each other on the consumption of equipment. If Cynthia switched on the washing machine, her daughters yelded to the ground floor how much consumption was used, resulting in the appointment in the family that only once a week a full drum was used.

Other adjustments Cynthia and her family made:
- The dryer is banned. He is only turned on in major exceptions.
- The use of other equipment is selective and limited. The kettle (short but high consumption) is no longer turned on at any thought of a cup of tea. Now you have to decide that you really want tea, and ask if there are more people who want tea in order to heat the right volume of water.
- Devices such as TV, radio and computer are now completely off when not in use.
- Chargers are taken from the wall outlet.

Everyone is now very aware of the idea that using devices consume power and that this costs money.

Heerhugowaard lends Wattchers via the Library

Wattcher Energie Monitor Heerhugowaard
The library lends books, movies, music and computer games, and now also lends the energy monitor Wattcher. This explains Alderman Kwint as part of the the Sustainability Day in Heerhugowaard. Because of success in a first pilot the lending the Wattcher is extended.

 

 

Woonbron: Wattcher as tool in Energy-for-everyone project

Energy-for-everyone is a project of housingcorporation Woonbron. Together with the residents there are several programs started to work on energy saving. The Wattcher is a tool in this Smart Energy program.

In Fledderus neighborhood in Delft 40 homes are equipped with the Wattcher. By using the Wattcher the occupants are aware of their power usage, and see what can they can save. The participants receive a card every month to fill in the meter readings. This determins how much energy is saved in the neighboorhood by people using the Wattcher.

During an initial meeting the Wattcher was distributed, and some useful tips to save energy were already shared with each other. A response from one of the participants: "I'm going to remove my old refrigerator
tomorrow and buy a new fridge. If I have a fridge with an A-label sale, I soon save about € 70 per year. That is earned fast! "Shortly after the kick-off meeting, participants received a home visit to give help if required to install the Wattcher. Saving has begun!

See also the article "Just better for your wallet 'living on the Energy Smart program Woonbron (Stadskrant Delft, March 4, 2011).

See also the article 'Gewoon beter voor je portemonnee' "Just better for your wallet" about living in an Energy Smart household of Woonbron (Stadskrant Delft, March 4, 2011)..

Groningen:  School project in Hoogkerk


Groningen municipality has developed a School project in 3 elementary schools, together with the project team of "Hoogkerk, the sustainable neighborhood". The project started with an introductory lesson, which explains the do's and dont's on renewable energy and energy saving, the global ecological footprint, the transition from finite to infinite sources and the possibilities of a product like the Wattcher. Scholars then received the Wattcher to take back home and do all kind of assignments. After one week they forwarded it to a next group of pupils. In one of the tasks, the children were asked to use as less as possible energy in 24 hours! Especially that contest had a lot of enthusiasm among the students. The project ended with a lesson in which children shared their experiences and prizes were awarded. In a relatively short time, all families of group 7 and 8 had joined the programm and were more aware of their energy consumption.