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Energy Tracking – More Tools!!

Posted on | March 31, 2009 | No Comments


So how’s your tracking going?

After 2 months, we have reduced our electric usage by 7% and water use by 16%! Although tracking adjacent months or quarters is not particularly accurate, it’s like stepping on the scale and seeing that you lost 10 pounds unexpectedly! We’ll take it! The proof will be when we can compare next year’s usage to this year’s.

We found another great resource: WattzOnpicture-1 (get it?) is a free online tool to quantify, track, compare and understand the total amount of energy needed to support all of the facets of your lifestyle.

You can represent your lifestyle in terms of energy use by a number: Ours currently is 1,182 watts/second more than the average WattzOn user…but hey, we’re working on it. We posted ours on the Toeprint homepage. Let us know how yours compares.

If you have a half hour to spare, you should watch this presentation by Saul Griffith, founder of WattzOn from Pop!Tech 2008 – it is the clearest and most comprehensive discussion of power usage in the modern lifestyle. Saul talks about where energy comes from, how it’s made and how we waste incredible amounts of it on a daily basis. The numbers are shocking but it puts into perspective how our choices truly impact the global environment. If you watch with your school-age kid, the gigantic and colorful graphics will give you many learning and teaching opportunities. I can guarantee that it will change the way you eat, work and travel.

According to this NYT article, people want to know more about their energy usage but they aren’t willing to pay for it.

Did we mention that the Toeprint Project is free?


Because we are concerned with water, trash and recycling in addition to energy, we updated our Toeprint tracking sheet for April, May and June, you can download it here.

Please let us know your progress!


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Established in 1999, Ellen Honigstock Architect PC is a full-service architecture and energy auditing firm based in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Our solutions are environmentally conscious and the criteria we use are based on national standards developed to bring long-term saving, efficiency and well-being to our clients. Over 35 years combined experience building in New York City gives us an edge in meeting tough schedules and navigating the city's complicated requirements.

About Ellen:

As the Residential Green Building Advocate for the Urban Green Council since 2007, Ellen has been promoting sustainability in the residential marketplace in NYC.

In the position of Chair of the Homes Subcommittee the NYC Greening the Codes Task Force, Ellen has been heavily involved in recommending new green policy in NYC as related to updating building codes, rules and regulations.

Ellen teaches Building Science, Building Envelope, Water Conservation, Indoor Air Quality, Quantifying Energy and Green Building Plans at the 1,000 Green Supers program for The SEIU Local 32 BJ Thomas Shortman Training Fund.

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