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You may have heard of "hypermiling": the practice of trying to squeeze every possible mile out of each gallon of gas you put in your car. The trend is popular among hybrid owners because those cars usually have dashboard efficiency readouts. Giving drivers real-time information about their energy consumption..



You may have heard of "hypermiling": the practice of trying to squeeze every possible mile out of each gallon of gas you put in your car. The trend is popular among hybrid owners because those cars usually have dashboard efficiency readouts. Giving drivers real-time information about their energy consumption can inspire obsessive, sometimes dangerous, energy-saving behavior.


In this 10-minute video of a talk by Dan Hill from Monocle magazine, the same concept is applied to houses, and then cities writ large. He imagines outfitting a neighborhood with real-time energy consumption monitors. Making the results public, he says, could motivate competitive energy saving. His blog post about the talk is here.

Via Core77.