Energy Monitoring With Twitter

by Marguerite Manteau-Rao

This week, I started a new experiment, this time using Twitter to monitor my energy consumption 24/7. A Web 2.0 version of my earlier Daily Footprint Project, when I kept a diary of all my carbon footprinting activities for 30 days. The project is called “green_watch” and you can follow it on Twitter. I was inspired by IBM researcher Andy Stanford-Clark‘s recent home energy monitoring project, “andy_home”, also on Twitter, and also by my ongoing fiddlings with Twitter. I am convinced Twitter is an underused social networking tool, that offers tremendous potential for business applications. Here is what “green_watch” looks like:

At the end of each day, I take a look and report on key insights at La Marguerite, my green blog. So far, here is what I learned:

“Solar is Still a Privilege of the Rich”

“Energy Monitoring is Everybody’s Business”

Next week, I will continue to report on my “green_watch” findings. In the mean time, I urge you to start your own “green_watch”. Who knows, you may discover your next business idea in the process?

Marguerite Manteau-Rao
is a green blogger and marketing consultant on sustainability and social media issues. Her blog, La Marguerite, focuses on behavioral solutions to climate change and other global sustainability issues. She also blogs for The Huffington Post.

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