‘Tio’ Light Switch System Teaches Kids to Conserve Household Energy

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Kids will be the world’s key decision-makers in the next 30 years, which is why it is crucial that we empower them now with the education and the tools to help reduce energy consumption. Designer Tim Holley’s Tio ghost is a wall-mounted light switch system which enables children to demonstrate their knowledge of energy conservation to their families, while encouraging their role as ‘energy champions’ of the home. Tio shows he is happy and green when household lights have only been on for a short period of time — but the longer the lights are left on, the angrier and redder he becomes — showing he is truly lighthearted and all business at the same time!

+ Tio by Tim Holley

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3 Responses to “‘Tio’ Light Switch System Teaches Kids to Conserve Household Energy”

  1. windowi says:

    I really like this concept, it is well designed, and very forward thinking. It instills a sense of conservation at a very young age. What I like more than anything is that it uses facial expressions, which people tend to be VERY receptive towards. It reminds me of a study, in which they studied the difference between two stop light cameras, one which told you your speed, and flashed if you were going over the speed limit, and the other was simply a smiley face for going the speed limit, and a frowney face for going over. People were something like 3-4 times more receptive, and slowed down more frequently to the faces. Well done!

  2. boredtexan says:

    Wouldn’t it be easy to just turn the lights off and on real quick to reset it to green? Most kids would figure that out in about two days.

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