Energy Minder is an experimental social network designed to answer the question,

"What makes one home use more electricity than another?"

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A Crowd Sourced Research Project

Energy Minder is a research project led by the University of Vermont, and jointly funded by the US Department of Energy and the Burlington Electric Department. The purpose of Energy Minder is to help you answer the following question: "Why is my electricity usage different from that of other residents in Burlington?"

Answer Questions, Ask Questions

Discover your energy usage trends by answering questions and asking other participants questions. We hope to collaboratively identify new or unusual patterns that help people to better understand why one home consumes more or less electricity than another. By participating, you will help with this research, and you will learn more about how your lifestyle can influence your electricity needs.

Predict your energy usage

Data from the questions and answers will be used to create a prediction model for electricity usage. This model will try to predict your monthly electricity usage (in kilowatt hours). Some questions are likely to be predictive, such as "How many loads of laundry do you do per week?" whereas others are less so, such as "Do you like the color green?" When you ask questions, be creative. Creative, non-intuitive questions are sometimes surprisingly predictive.

Safe and Secure

There is no risk to participating in this survey study as your identity will remain anonymous at all times, both to other participants and to the researchers; no personally identifiable information will be stored after this research project ends; even your e-mail address will be deleted when this project ends. Learn more in the FAQ

Our Research Team

  • Dr. Paul Hines

    Professor at University of Vermont

  • Dr. Josh Bongard

    Professor at University of Vermont

About the Research Program

Data from the questions and answers will be used to create a prediction model for electricity usage. This model will try to predict your monthly electricity usage (in kilowatt hours). Some questions are likely to be predictive, such as "How many loads of laundry do you do per week?" whereas others are less so, such as "Do you like the color green?" When you ask questions, be creative. Creative, non-intuitive questions are sometimes surprisingly predictive.