With support from the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Winterthur analyzed its patterns of energy use. Reducing consumption is a key goal of the town of about 115,000 inhabitants.
“We developed an app which gives feedback to households so they can track and reduce their consumption,” explains Vicente Carabias, head of Winterthur’s smart city unit and professor at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). In a pilot phase of the Social Power Project, participating households saw their energy use drop by more than 8%. “Now we’re entering the second phase, where we’re in kind of a competition with other cities as well.”