Advanced Visual Interfaces for Smart Energy: Focusing Where it Matters Most

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Visualization of cascading effects of an HVAC fault

Targeting reductions of electricity usage among consumers in their homes has been very popular among researchers, industry, and research funding organizations. Here we look behind the application surface to examine where visual energy-savings applications might have their greatest impact. We analyze residential, commercial, and industrial sectors in the US and observe differences regarding energy use, economic incentives, and leverage per establishment. We then give examples of industrial and commercial energy-savings applications being developed at Mitsubishi Electric and supported by its North American Research Laboratory, MERL.