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How does your energy consumption
compare to your peers? What can
you do to help conserve energy?
Ever wondered how much energy
you use when you...
 

TRAVEL BY PLANE

COMMUTE TO WORK

RELAX AT HOME

EAT YOUR MEALS

USE YOUR STUFF

 

ENERGY GAUGE

An operators’ manual helps keep your car or computer running at peak performance. Our hope is that EARTH: THE OPERATORS’ MANUAL can make your home, or company, or community work more efficiently also, and save energy. How? We invite you to sign up for the WattzOn ENERGY GAUGE. It’s like a Prius dashboard display for how you use energy everyday, as you FLY on holiday or business, COMMUTE to school or work, turn lights or heating on or off at HOME, consume or use STUFF.

Developed by MacArthur “genius,” serial entrepreneur and inventor, Saul Griffith (and friends), this site walks you through your lifestyle and leaves you with an energy footprint that’ll almost certainly make you think about gasoline and electricity and even eating as never before. Make changes if you choose to, come back and see how you’ve saved energy. “Fight” with friends to see who’s using less but doing more. (That’s a battle where everyone wins.) Form groups: we’ve just set up an EARTH-THE-OPERATORS-MANUAL community, and hope that soon there’ll be sub-groups sprouting everywhere.

When you drive a Prius or other cars that give you a real-time picture of how much gas you’re using, and how much energy you’re regenerating as you coast downhill, you soon develop a much greater appreciation of how jack rabbit starts and sudden braking and miles per gallon all interact. (By the way, check out Saul’s fascinating THE GAME PLAN in Resources to see how he changed his personal lifestyle and cut back on plane trips. And why he thinks we should each include our share of government expenditures, from the military to the mailman, in our energy footprint.)

That are the tools and the insights Saul’s ENERGY GAUGE offers. Sign up, log in to the E-T-O-M group, or start your own, and start saving energy. Think of this as an Operators’ Manual for your energy lifestyle.

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