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Three Ways To Save Resources: Tracking, Tracking, Tracking

Posted on | February 18, 2009 | 2 Comments

janfebmarchLet’s get started.

You can’t lose weight without a scale, you don’t know if you’re speeding without a speedometer, how in the world are you supposed to reduce your energy consumption without some tracking devices. We’ll highlight some more sophisticated tracking methods in future weeks but for now let’s get some baseline information.

Download this tracking sheet and put it on your refrigerator. Enter your usage based on your monthly electrical and gas bills and your quarterly water bills. As for garbage and recycling, give it your best estimate.

ELECTRICAL USAGE: in Kilowatt-hours (kWh). When you use 1,000 watts for 1 hour, that’s a kilowatt-hour (example: ten 100-watt bulbs burning for one hour would use 1 kWh).

GAS USAGE: in Therms or CCF. One therm is equivalent to 100,000 Btu’s (British Thermal Units) which is equal to 1.31 CCF (hundred cubic feet)

WATER USAGE: in HCF (Hundred Cubic Feet, yes this is the same volume as CCF but for water they typically call it HCF which is equivalent to 748 gallons.

RECYCLING: in Average number of bags/week. Let’s try to get this number up.

GARBAGE: in Average number of bags/week. Let’s try to get this number down.

Please also let us know what strategies you are employing and how they are working out for you.


2 Responses to “Three Ways To Save Resources: Tracking, Tracking, Tracking”

  1. Jessicalync
    May 10th, 2009 @ 8:06 pm

    I really very liked this post. Can I copy it to my blog? Thank you in advance. Sincerely

  2. Arianagype
    May 14th, 2009 @ 1:44 am

    beautiiful blog merciiiiii


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