Saturday, March 28, 2009

Killing the EarthHour at a time.

Well, you've probably heard about EarthHour, where on 3/28/09, 8:30pm local time, all of the enlightened neo-Luddites are supposed to switch off all their electrical appliances and spend an hour in the fucking stone age. Well, it's over. And I celebrated EarthHour like a true AoS moron. I cranked up the outside lights, the washer and dryer, two area heaters my TV, cablemodem and computer. I'd even managed to pop a breaker in the process.

Walked outside to check out the street right after EarthHour started. The college student-infested apartment building across the street was mostly dark. Received some dirty looks from folks on the second floor while I was basking in incandescent light from the porch light.

Then I got to wondering if there was a website to monitor energy usage in real time.

Sure is.

It's constantly updating, so you won't be able to see the power spike that happened during EarthHour after tonight. But I've got a screenshot!

Note the time for the power spike. Peaks right at 8:00pm, and slowly ramps down. It's 10:15pm right now and it's still higher than that day-long energy usage plateau.


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