Nowadays we consume energy without caring, without looking to know how much we consume. The only indicator we have is an unclear denomination on the electricity and/or gas bill and a financial cost. No one really pays attention to the electricity meter and even if we do, how to interpret it ?
If you are interested a bit in being energy responsible you will look at the energy label from the European Union for household appliances. However even those are unclear to determine the consumption of an appliance as they differ from one appliance to another. In addition to this you must, of course, add the heating and production of hot water which are a major part of your house energy consumption.
Your daily life is not only your house, you washing your clothes or taking shower. We live in an interconnected world with more and more tools connected to the network. How do they consume ? How much do the internet and computers cost ? How much does an hour on Social Networks cost in energy ? When you go out with friends to see a movie, do you care about how much the projector and air conditioning in the room consume ? Or what about a bar or a club ? Do you know how much energy is used when traveling or are you just aware of the litres of oil you consume ? Frozen food, pasta, meat, salad, milk, coffee do you know if your food choice impact your energy consumption ? When you are at work is it better to print or to have a digital version ? Is it better to use a cloud or a solid hard drive ?
Let’s be honest. Knowing all of this will not be enough. Telling people that they use 25 kWh worth of energy a day will not bring the change. But what if we say instead that you "are responsible for" cutting down 6 trees ? Will you change if we say that you, just you, need the equivalent of 18 hectares of trees to compensate for your CO2 emissions this year? We hope you will and we hope people will understand the message of our room.