Crowd Energy Savings – collective energy savings
The changes that are currently taking place in the global society generate completely new directions and trends. One of the proposals is Crowd Energy Savings. It is a variant of the well-known crowdfunding. The idea which guided crowdfunding – also called social financing – is based on depositing small one-off amounts by the largest possible group of people interested in the project. The main foundation of this mechanism is the trust between the participants of the project and the originator built on the basis of fully public information about the activity. Similarly, in the case of Crowd Energy Savings the idea is based on generating small savings in energy consumption by the largest possible community.
The idea of Crowd Energy Savings is depicted in the figure below.
The following figure presents a sample scenario of Crowd Energy Savings.
Extremely important is the educational value of this undertaking. Aggregating microsavings e.g. as a result of more effective work of computers and laptops and the subsequent presentation of the jointly obtained results (total less energy consumption, less CO2 emitted into the atmosphere, globally measurable financial benefits) will have a much more powerful effect than presenting this data without taking into account the economies of scale. Joint activities in the field of energy efficiency for the local community may become for this group a factor that stimulates them to change the behaviour and further integrate the community. Measurable benefits e.g. in the form of new equipment for the social room as a result of the energy savings will be a real effect of environmental activities.