Project: Research project

Project Details


Amper Americans waste 20% of their electricity in their homes. Residents waste electricity due to several reasons: vampire current, leaving lights on when not at home, leaving air conditioning on when not in use, leaving the T.V on when no one is watching, and inefficient, old appliances. Due to these factors residents waste 20% of their electricity at home and on average this wastage amounts to $250 annually. Residents waste electricity because there is no transparency and information on how appliances in their homes are consuming energy. When residents receive an energy bill they are forced to pay the amount without any information regarding how much electricity was consumed by each appliance in their home. Our solution to this problem is an energy monitoring system which empowers residents to control their energy consumption. The system is comprised of two components: smart circuit breakers and the ampér hub. The smart circuit breakers replace existing circuit breakers and measure electricity usage at the appliance and room level. The data collected is processed by our algorithm to provide residents actionable advice to reduce their electricity bill. The ampér hub serves multiple functions. First it relays the data from the smart circuit breakers to the cloud to be processed by our algorithm. Second it allows residents to control appliances by sending data over existing electrical wiring in the home. This provides plug-and-play functionality for appliances, instead of setting up appliances or using wireless networks. The combination of our smart circuit breakers and the ampér hub provide homeowners with an ecosystem that provides the tools to truly control and optimize electricity consumption.
Effective start/end date4/1/1612/31/16


  • National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, Inc. (14568-16)


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