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.
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.