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Social Electricity is a Facebook application that aims to make citizens aware of their electrical energy consumption, by means of comparisons with the corresponding electrical consumption of their friends, as well as with the total consumption in the street / neighbourhood / village / city / country where they live. By effective and realistic comparisons, the consumers may perceive their energy behaviour and take steps to reduce their electricity and carbon footprint. Moreover, people may view statistics concerning the areas with the least/most energy consumption in their neighborhood, province or even the whole of Cyprus.
These slides have been presented by Andreas Kamilaris during the 2nd ITU Green Standards Week, in Paris, France, on 19 September 2012, in an award ceremony for the best and most innovative Concept Paper for a “Sustainable Energy for All” ICT application. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs).
Social Electricity presents high interest due to its innovation, usefulness and smart design. It constitutes a research project of the Computer Science Department, University of Cyprus, in collaboration with the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC), aiming to motivate people to become more aware of their electricity consumption. Social Electricity is an innovative initiative worldwide and has recently been awarded the first prize in the 2nd ITU Green ICT Application Challenge (http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/climatechange/greenict/201206/index.html).
Social Electricity is available at the link http://apps.facebook.com/socialelectricity/. You must have a Facebook account in order to use it and register a valid P.O. code in Cyprus (4-digit codes like 2302). You can LIKE our FB page to be informed about latest news of the project (https://www.facebook.com/SocialElectricity).