Homes produce a third of the UK's greenhouse gases. Can design curb our spiralling domestic energy use? The Design Council's RED team believes it can. It's come up with a raft of concepts and policy proposals for getting householders interested and engaged in the process of energy use and motivated to take control of it. Check out the ideas and vote for your favourites at www.futurecurrents.org.uk
Shown above is the Home Energy Trading Scheme (HETS), a device which would tranfer the energy you produce to the local school when you leave the house in the morning: "If you generate your own energy with wind or solar you could be selling your surplus at wholesale prices. Put a different value on homegrown energy by joining your local energy pool. Donate your surplus electricity to the pool when youâ€™re out and draw from it when youâ€™re at home to get the full value of what you and members of your pool are producing."
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, Ravensbourne, RMIT, University of Minnesota, Emily Carr, and RISD. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, and The One Club.