We have been looking lately at how to engage with property staff and visitors around the aspect of energy generation. Specifically translating a lot of Kwh, MW, CO2’s into something people can relate to. How much is a mega watt of energy? – is this a van load or a wheelbarrow load? We have been trailing various displays at Aberdulais, Llanerchaeron which translate large numbers into what they mean to you and me? Equivalents of e.g. car journeys worth of carbon, household annual use or just plain simple cash. The cash one seems to be the most engaging based on the presentations we have done. There is an apt saying in Welsh – ‘diwedd y gan yw y geiniog’ the spirit of the translation – at the end of the song it is still the money which counts. We are actively looking into this further but the benefit and message is probably site specific. Although we have been toying with the idea of a new unit of measurement for people to engage with which is the ‘mansion’ the new hydro on Snowdon will be generating 10 mansions worth of power – has a certain ring to it! (but how much does a mansion use, well that’s another story)
will having this form of display both at the visitor centre / office and on-line result in further energy-saving , manaing or generation sites more efficietly by having people owning theior system – time will tell?
the system could include which would include a league table type thing?
As we trial the engagement, display ideas and develop we will be of course blogging it