Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Ludwig, Reinhold

Project Center

Costa Rica


Despite Costa Rica’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2021, the country burns increasing amounts of imported fuel to meet its energy demands. The goal of this project, sponsored by the Cámara de Industrias de Costa Rica (CICR), was to develop an energy efficiency label to inform consumers of the energy consumption of household appliances. This was done via surveying consumers to assess their opinion on the matter and test label features. Our research identified several flawed aspects of the current implementation process for energy efficiency labels, which led to recommendations of standardization, communication, and education.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering