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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.com, a state-of-the-art interactive energy efficiency game that gives 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 enter 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 partnering with Dropoly.com to pilot the launch of the platform in the Wilmington area. Homeowners are getting an exclusive first look at the platform and providing feedback to the developers on ways to improve usability and accessibility to prepare the platform for a national launch in 2013.