Keeping Track of Energy with Useful Websites
Though Wattzon has been around for over a year now, it’s a website that you should keep going back to. As one of the many ingenious ideas of inventor extraordinaire (and MacArthur Fellow, we might add) Saul Griffiths, this is a place where you can track with pretty reliable crowd-sourced accuracy exactly how much energy you use.
Going beyond some of the generic carbon footprint calculators that are sprinkled around the Internet, Wattzon sums all the energy you use in a year, regardless of the power source. This is, admittedly, one step removed from the concern of increasing carbon dioxide emissions that are a byproduct of fossil-fuel based energy sources. But getting this fairly complete perspective on personal power usage is a good way to identify areas where individuals can trim their energy consumption.
Check out Griffith’s talk from PopTech a couple years ago. It’s an illustrative look at both the complexity and the value of projects like Wattzon. And kudos to him for showing his math throughout the presentation; it’s always helpful to see exactly how figures of energy and power are calculated.
Speaking of energy, there aren’t too many places on the Internet where you can go for a comprehensive look at energy news and information. Yes, there are the run-of-the-mill Google and Yahoo news aggregators, but they cast an awfully wide net and it can be hard to tell whether the stories coming through these channels are important or even sometimes accurate.
On the other hand, University of Illinois’s Carbon Capture Report is a rich source for energy news (complete with continuous monitoring of exactly how many climate change-related stories and blogs are posted each day) but it can be somewhat of an information overload. Who has time for ALL that news? Wouldn't it be great if there was a site where the selection of energy and environment stories were hand-picked for their thoughtful coverage of news and events related to energy?
Oh wait — there is a place like that.
The New Fuelist, which was unveiled just a few weeks ago, is an aggregator that selects a range of stories based on their quality of coverage and context for the newest in science, policy, and business as it relates to energy. They’ve even highlighted a couple of our stories (thanks, N.F.). Just one look at the front page shows you they are picking from a pretty reliable blend of American and international news sources. Check it out; The New Fuelist may have just made your day a bit easier.
And of course, we are big fans of our friends at The Daily Climate, which is an excellent aggregator of climate change news that also produces original content. Like New Fuelist, its value lies in its careful curation of the day's top climate and energy-related stories.