As it becomes more and more “hip” to be environmentally aware, numerous online calculators have become available to measure your carbon footprint. The problem with the online calculators is that their results are based on estimates that the user enters so they are not always as accurate as they could be.
Agile Waves, a company based in Palo Alto, CA, recently released the Resource Monitor. Using a built in touch screen or a web page displayed on your PC, the device constantly tallies the amount of electricity, water, gas, etc. that you are using and displays it in a dashboard format. Because the device allows you to see your real-time energy use, you can change your behavior and see how it actually impacts the amount of energy you are using. In other words, it is a sort of “picture” of your energy usage at any given time. As they say…a picture is worth a thousand words.