Ben Arent, a creative product artist, proposed the making of the Energy Tree that monitors your in-home environmental habits. Currently only a concept, the device would allow us to add efficiency to our use of energy by changing our view of how power is being used.
The Energy tree would actually contain a real tree that depends on the efficiency of the users energy usage. So, if the user is very efficient with energy consumption then the Energy Tree would distribute nutrients and water to the tree for it to flourish and survive. But if the user is inefficient with their energy use, the Energy Tree will malnourish the tree and eventually the tree would die.
How is it supposed to know what you’re doing? Well, the design includes a monitor that tracks and calculates energy consumption of devices connected to the Energy Tree. There is also a control panel to manage power by turning off devices not needed. In addition, there would be a separate measurement to calculate energy consumption from heating and cooling the house.
The device was entered into Microsoft’s Start Something PC design competition and finished as one of the last 34 finalists.