2010 - 2013
In 2010, Energize Clinton County (ECC) and the University of Dayton (UD) began a conversation about achieving a common goal of promoting community scale energy efficiency. Together, we highlighted three key barriers that needed to be overcome to achieve this goal: dramatically reducing the cost of home energy auditing, creating a culture of continuous improvement around home energy efficiency, and capturing the collective impact of improvement to demonstrate the community wealth generated through energy efficiency.
These conversation inspired the development of Dropoly, a state-of-the-art interactive energy efficiency game that provided households the power to measure, manage, and reduce their energy consumption one drop at a time. With UD’s cutting-edge research on the statistical analysis of energy data serving as the backbone of the platform, users entered actual home energy usage data to receive a customized energy report card, along with room-by-room recommendations of free changes, small changes, and big changes that save money and energy.
Through support from the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission and the Audubon/Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship program, ECC is partnered with Dropoly to pilot the launch of the platform in the Wilmington area. Homeowners received an exclusive first look at the platform and provided feedback to the developers on ways to improve usability and accessibility.