From computers to vacuums to video game consoles, there's been a lot of talk about how many watts our daily lives use. While it's important to be aware of how much electricity or gas you use to work and play, it can be hard to relate to watts. What does using 12,366 watts really mean?
GE, with the help of Lisa Strausfeld, a designer at Pentagram, recently launched a site that helps translate wattage use into dollars and sense. Look through the product icons on the page, click the ones you don't use, and as you narrow down, your wattage, in the lower right hand corner, gets smaller.
You can then select from the drop down menu what you want to translate each gadget's energy use into -- dollars spent, gallons of gas consumed, or how many batches of laundry, episodes of Community, and TV dinners 1 kilowatt of energy gives you.
Where appropriate, the site will let you know how long it would take you to pay off a new Energy Star rated appliance with the savings in energy use.
It's a really informative site that helps put energy use in perspective.