Track My Consumption

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Posted on July 07, 2008 9:50 PM in Miscellaneous
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A friend and former coworker of mine sent me an email today with a link to a site he's been working on with one of his friends. The site is called Track My Consumption and its slogan is simply "Reduce your footprint." Upon visiting the site, I was immediately presented with the option of tracking four resources in terms of my own consumption: water, natural gas, electricity and auto fuel. The site recommends using a utility bill to present accurate information, and then:

After you have filled out your data, you will see your usage compared to others in your area. You will also see yourself compared to the national average. If you like, you can input more data, like how many people live in your house, and your results will be refined to be more accurate.

Once I've seen how my resource consumption compares to others':

...you can decide if you want to continue to lower your resource usage. By talking with other TrackMyConsumption users, taking advantage of our tips, and updating your personal resource usage, you will reduce your impact on the environment in a tangible way (and your pocketbook might notice too)!

The site seems highly relevant given the current trend toward "going green," and especially given the hit we've been taking at the pump lately. It's still relatively new, so I'm sure the site will be getting better over time, as more users join and more tips are added by users. I'm also sure the site's creators would be interested in any and all feedback you might have to provide, so feel free to drop them a line.

My first suggestion is going to be to "web feedify" the site so I can track the latest blog entries and user-submitted tips in my feed reader.

Comments

Dan P on July 08, 2008 at 7:11 PM:

We set up those RSS feeds you were asking for:

Blogs:
http://www.trackmyconsumption.com/blogs/rss

Tips:
http://www.trackmyconsumption.com/tips/rss

Look for more blogs from Alan and I soon, and hopefully some more user-submitted tips in the near future. We are going to make the tips portion really cool with the ability to embed graphics and Youtube videos. It could become the biggest part of the site- who knows.

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Bernie Zimmermann on July 08, 2008 at 9:23 PM:

Thanks for dropping by and letting me know, Dan. I've subscribed to the blog feed, but at the time of writing the tips feed seems to be down. I'll check back in a bit once you guys have had a chance to look at it.

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Ian Clifton on July 09, 2008 at 12:30 AM:

This is a great idea! (Ignoring the minor irony of using energy to track energy usage in an effort to reduce usage, heh)

Puget Sound Energy has some nice little charts on their site that allow customers to compare their usage to people with similar households. There has never once been a month where I actually used as much as the "average" household that was similar to mine. Perhaps I owe that to the lack of TV. I've actually been using a lot less power the past few weeks, because I've avoided using the computer most of the night, since the apartment gets pretty hot without the extra electronics.

I was just thinking today that we need to engineer grass (or something similar) that grows to two inches and then transfers all the solar energy it takes in after that to the power grid. Somehow I think simply having a yard of solar panels might not be great on bare feet....

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