The Design Council's RED has launched a Future Currents project on domestic energy, with a great website and some super-intriguing concept design. Here's the pitch:
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."