Friday, October 24, 2008

WattzOn: Personal Energy Use Calculator

WattzOn will calculate your energy use as a summation of several aspects of life, like commuting, housing, food, flying, etc. Currently, for the 'government' section, only different states of USA can be chosen, so my Netherlands government consumption is not reflected properly. Also, it is hard to tailor fit their model to changing lifestyles. For example, I rode a terribly polluting motorcycle for six months, stopped, and now ride a bicycle, but there is no way to tell the program that.

The most fun part of the application is at the end, where it tells you what is comparable to your daily energy consumption, e.g. how many square meters of solar panel, how big a wind turbine, or as shown here, how much oil.

Check it out!