The world’s industries have been increasingly using large amounts of energy in order to power their products. Numerous universities have taken the lead for a more energy efficient world by implementing solar panels, tracking their energy usage, implementing new lightbulbs, and creating more energy efficient labs. Our project is to bring these solutions to many different institutions such as schools, homes, religious buildings, and hospitals. We hope to provide these institutions a cost-effective route to energy management in a way that educates everyone about their usage. By creating simple DIY sensors anyone can assemble to track their data, we hope to reduce their energy costs by helping them understand their habits and patterns. We feel that reducing monthly energy bills will help push people’s attitude towards a more green future. Following the path of universities, we hope to implement energy solutions with a number of different sensors to reduce energy costs.The core element of our project is centered on the RAD Energy Console, which includes a Raspberry Pi connected to a temperature and humidity sensor, light sensor, and occupancy sensor. These instruments will allow us to evaluate the different factors and a classroom’s impact on the school’s energy consumption. These instruments will send data to a database on an hourly basis where it will then be displayed on an interactive dashboard. The dashboard will allow students and teachers to compare the data in different sequences and ways that give them a true insight into their energy habits. For example, students and teacher can see if there is a relationship between humidity and the temperature or whether someone is in the room at given time in a specific room at any span of time. Our goal is there will be a change in their energy habits if teachers and students can visually their energy usage. Mainly because of monetary limitations we are going to be limited to five classrooms, so we’ve chosen classrooms that are going to representative of specific areas of the school. We will test the RAD Energy Console by putting it in classes where we are able to assess its true impact on the school’s energy consumption. Our ultimate goal is to alter students and teachers behavior by allowing them to see their effects on the school’s energy consumption with the RAD Energy Console.
Download and print the latest version of our console box.
(If you do not have access to 3D printer this 4in x 4in x 2in console box can easily be made out of an alternative material. If you decide on using an alternative material make sure that it will be easy to cut and drill holes into the material.)
Step 2: Materials Needed
Step 3: Assembly of Pi
Set up wiring precisely like the first image displayed.
Place circuit board in the RAD box as shown in the second picture.
Step 4: Setting Up Raspberry Pi Software
1. Hook up Raspberry Pi to monitor and keyboard
2. Install RASPBIAN operating system
3. Go into the terminal
4. Connect Pi to internet
5. Type into the command line:
6. "git clone https://github.com/szazo/DHT11_Python.git"
7. "cd DHT11_Python/DHT11_Python/"
8. "sudo nano final.py"
9. Copy code from final.py
10. Ctrl + x
13. sudo python get-pip.py
14. sudo python -m pip install pymongo==3.0.3
15. "sudo .bashrc"
16. scroll all the way down
17. "python /home/pi/DHT11_Python/DHT11_Python/final.py &"
18. Ctrl + x
21. "sudo reboot"
now the script will start up at boot