Stay warm with heating and windows settings and sweaters or some combination. This app lets you report on your choices for staying warm -- layers of clothing, turning the heat up or down, and opening or closing windows.
The vertical bars show the eco-friendliness of your comfort choices as you adjust your windows, heat, and clothing layers. Try for a solid vertical green bar as often as possible: Go Green!
Use sliders to set your Current Conditions with the tab at the bottom of the screen. Tap the Share button in the top left to post the settings and any notes that you want to share to Twitter or eMail. Add comments to your Facebook page. Help increase awareness and promote eco-friendly actions with your favorite communication and social media tools -- all from Utility Smart.
Stay warm... and keep the conversation going about how to stay warm in an eco-friendly manner.
Utility Smart is a great tool for helping students at any level think about their choices for using utilities such as power responsibly. The data students students report on their own behavior can be shared with the Share button on the View Eco-Friendliness tab via email or Twitter: It is exported with the Share Button in CSV (comma-separated-value) format suitable for importing into spreadsheets or other apps.
Challenge students to track their energy options. Students can also use the data they collect as the basis for their own apps ranging from simple web-based apps to more complex apps using various frameworks, Apple Playgrounds, or languages such as Swift/Objective-C, Java, or others.
About the project...
Utility Smart is a collaboration between Curt Gervich and Jesse Feiler. Logo design from Boire Benner Group (boirebenner.com). The project was created and implemented in Plattsburgh, NY.
Curt Gervich is an Associate Professor at SUNY Plattsburgh. He holds degrees in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont and Environmental Design and Planning from Virginia Tech. Dr. Gervich studies and teaches courses related to environmental decision making and leadership, including topics such as conservation behavior change and systems thinking.
This project represents represents the marriage of these two topics. Dr. Gervich also serves on the LCBP TAC Committee.
Jesse Feiler helps people and organizations get to know and use new technologies. . Recent books include “iPad For Seniors for Dummies" (9th edition) and “Learn Apple HomeKit for iOS.” Current projects involve using apps and FileMaker databases for identifying and managing risk in nonprofit organizations as well as helping communities build location-based apps to promote tourism, downtown economic development, and the wise use of natural resources. He is founder and president of Friends of Saranac River Trail (saranacrivertrail.org) whose flagship events include the annual Talks, Treks & Tasks which include treks to the Plattsburgh Water Pollution Control Plant.