Conservation Through Psychological Tricks

“Creative Energy Conservation with Switches Too Gross to Turn On”

So silly but clever. These might actually work!

“A clever designer has come up with great ways to get us to conserve energy. They built switches that keep us from wanting to, or being able to turn the electricity on in the first place. From switches that have little hairs stretch toward your finger as it approaches, to switches that retreat into the wall when you reach for it, these creations are the definition of smart energy conservation strategies.

According to Make, the installation piece by artist Katrin Baumgarten is a collection of 14 switches each “transformed in a disgusting way.” She wants to show that people are both repelled and disgusted by the transformation of the switches, though admittedly, it’d be hard to bring myself to touch some of these without being seriously in need of some light.”

I like the hairy one the best. And the switch that tries to get away from you. :D Hooray for weird/clever/psychological tricks!

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