Energy management goes cultural at Carriageworks with 1 Million Women

When 1 Million Women set about celebrating its 10th anniversary, Wattwatchers decided it was time to celebrate #WomenPower all over again.


How do you get real-time data-driven energy management, Midnight Oil, a million women and Carriageworks, one of Australia’s greatest arts venues, into one sentence?

Well it just happened! And for that Wattwatchers can especially thank the team running the Carriageworks precinct, and electrical contractor Lincoln Young and his ultra-professional installation crew at Sydney-based Energy Systems & Services.

Back to the story. We’re not being gratuitous by linking smart energy management, Wattwatchers-style, with Australian music phenomenon Midnight Oil (aka ‘The Oils’), the 1 Million Women climate action community, and the Carriageworks venue cluster. Let’s break it down in reverse order.




Located in Sydney’s inner-west, Carriageworks is an extraordinary contemporary entertainment place with rich industrial heritage. Standing on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, Carriageworks was built between 1880 and 1889 as part of the Eveleigh Railway Workshops.

By the 1900s several thousand people worked there, building and maintaining locomotive engines and carriages for the expanding rail network in New South Wales.

Fast forward, and in 2007, the site was redeveloped as a cultural precinct. Today, Carriageworks is billed as ‘the most significant multi-arts centre in Australia’.

Now Carriageworks has real-time energy monitoring too! And there’s more to come, as partners in the Wattwatchers Energy Data Hub ecosystem – among them IoT-for-industry integrators Rayven and essential services data specialists Accurassi – will be working with us to provide Carriageworks with cutting edge insights, advice and actions to use electricity better, at lower cost, with less greenhouse gas emissions.




1 Million Women


Wattwatchers is a long-time supporter and sponsor of 1 Million Women, which is an awesome movement of women who are fighting against climate chaos by changing the way they live day-to-day.

Our company is one of the brands supporting 1 Million Women’s 10th anniversary LoveEarth festival, being held at Carriageworks this Saturday, May 25th, with a crowd of about 2500 participating.

When Wattwatchers supported 1 Million Women’s original Women Power energy saving pilot in 2014, the 10 very different women and households who participated in the 3-month challenge to cut power consumption by 20% smashed the target, averaging 45%.

Wattwatchers renewed its partnership with 1 Million Women in 2018 to collaborate on a full-scale rollout of Women Power across Australia.

1 Million Women and Wattwatchers will be announcing great opportunities to participate in Women Power 2.0 in mid-2019, soon after the 1 Million Women LoveEarth 10th anniversary event.


Midnight Oil


Legendary Australian band Midnight Oil have been back in rehearsals ahead of an international tour, and recently announced a short schedule of small gigs in Australia before they jet off. This included:

1 MILLION WOMEN: Midnight Oil will also play a few songs acoustically at the 1 Million Women LoveEarth Festival – a celebration of this group’s decade of environmental advocacy – which happens from 9:30am on 25 May at Carriageworks, Sydney. 

This means that Wattwatchers ‘energy IoT’ monitoring devices will be measuring and reporting the kilowatt hours from a Midnight Oil performance, while others can enjoy the decibels.





1 Million Women’s LoveEarth festival is a celebration for the 2500 people on site on the day at Carriageworks. But there’ll also be many thousands more watching it live streaming on 1 Million Women’s Facebook.

The Wattwatchers team will be out in force at Carriageworks, with over 40 of our friends and family joining us for LoveEarth.

Come and say hello to us at Stand 11 in the LoveEarth ‘Marketplace’ (on left hand side of auditorium facing the stage), where you’ll be able to see energy consumption for the event and the whole of Carriageworks live on the screen. Also visit our 1 Million Women/Women Power page on the Wattwatchers website, where you can sign up to receive future announcements.