Electricity Use Monitors: Ask Annie
I am so frustrated with trying to reduce my carbon footprint. I hardly know what to prioritize or where to start. What do you suggest? I live in cold Vermont. –Carolyn, VT
Interesting, I just read a Stanford University/ABCnews/Planet Green poll that notes that seven in 10 are now trying to reduce their carbon footprint. Thank you for being one of them! And, I agree, it is hard.
I just came across two awesome products to help. Both are electricity use monitors, one that will monitor your actual energy use at any one moment, for $135, and the other, just $30, that will help you determine how any one appliance is using energy at any time!
This will be a great help to determine if an appliance would be best retired, or which appliances can be used less. I myself am going to buy one asap. I have two TVs in the house, for example, maybe the one I watch the most is an energy hog? I could easily switch to the other.
Annie B. Bond is the executive editor of Care2′s Healthy & Green Living and the author of four books on non-toxic living, including Home Enlightenment, newly out in paperback.