I’ve always liked the idea of energy monitors – gadgets telling you how much electricity you’re using, meaning you can adjust your consumption and see the difference you’re making. But, it can be said they’re traditionally not very child-friendly. They’re all computer-like and geeky.
Changing that is a designer called Tim Holley who has come up with the Tio (pictured). The Tio is a light switch ghost which changes colour depending on how long the light has been on and how much energy is being used. Using a simple colour system – green for happy, turning red for angry if the light is left on for a long time – it teaches children not to waste electricity.
The Tio also send the information about the light to a computer that means parents and children can track their lighting use over a period of time.
Spotted via: Springwise.