Unintended consequences

Two stories.

1) A former colleague of mine did a research project for a power company on one of those machines you have in your house that goes red if you are consuming lots of electricity. One participant started boiling water on the gas hob when she was making tea because that way she could keep the thing from going past amber.

2) A different colleague of mine uses an iPhone app which is designed to help you monitor your power consumption to see if his flatmate is home. If it is amber then the flatmate must be home.

Over to you.

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  1. Simon
    Posted 4 August, 2010 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    The first one sounds reasonable – my understanding is that using gas to boil water or cook food is more efficient than using electric heating elements.

  2. Andy Burns
    Posted 4 August, 2010 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    I don’t know about where you live, but here, gas *is* way cheaper than electricity per unit of energy, and lots of power stations are gas fired, so what’s wrong with switching from an electric kettle, to a gas one?

  3. Posted 4 August, 2010 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Hi Ivanka!

    First, sorry for contacting you on the blog but I couldn’t find any contact information for you or anybody from the Canonical design team. I would be really nice to have some kind of “Contact us” link on http://design.canonical.com/

    Actually I wanted to inform you about the GNOME “Development Documentation and Tools Hackfest” to be held in December [1]. I met David Siegel on GUADEC and he told me that your team already did some research on that topic. So we would like to invite someone from your team to the hackfest. We would appreciate if Canonical could be a strong partner for that hackfest to.

    Thanks and regards,

    [1] http://live.gnome.org/Hackfests/DevDocTools

  4. ivanka.majic
    Posted 5 August, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Hi Johannes,

    I will add something to the blog. In the meantime, if you want to email me ivanka [at] canonical.com and I will put you in touch with the right people. I am on holiday for two weeks as of tomorrow so might not get back to you instantly.


  5. Posted 30 November, 2010 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    Hey isn’t it possible that the amber simply means the fridge has just rebooted?

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