Here's how to track your energy use so you can feel good about all the conservation efforts you undertake.
• Step 1: Track. Decide on a scale that makes sense and jot it down in the left hand column. When you get a utility bill, fill up the bar to the appropriate place, just like fourth grade. Magic markers make this more fun.
• Step 2: Target. Based on the previous months energy usage, the weather, and the season, set a goal for the coming month. Draw a green line on the graph. In coming years, you can look back to see your own yearly trends.
• Step 3: Tell. Tell yourself that green means using less. Tell your friends you've set a goal... and when you've hit one, have a bunch of people over with the money that you would have sent the utility company. Now that's a green party!
A note on the chart template: we couldn't find a design that we liked, so we made our own. (You're welcome to edit the original Illustrator file... email us to request a copy.) And, to preempt a likely question: we didn't just make a graph template in Excel because 1) we wanted to keep this information front-and-center on the fridge and 2) it just seemed more fun to color.