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See How Your Energy Use Stacks Up Against Your Friends

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Don't just keep up with the Joneses. Beat the stuffing out of 'em. The Joneses are energy hogs, and you, you're an energy gazelle. Click DO IT to see how your energy consumption stacks up against those with similar household sizes. Follow the link above to find out. The GOOD community member that demonstrates the largest belt tightening by April 1 will receive a Nest—an energy-saving "learning" thermostat. (Check it out here: nest.com). And join in the conversation at good.is/energy

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  • Laura Brown

    Not really a challenge. My neighbours are a lot more social than I am. We've talked about energy consumption and how much the bills are. I spend much less than they do. Here it's actually hydro (water) that is the biggest bill. Heating is almost cheap by comparison.

  • Frankle

    good point - I just read yesterday that people tend to do twice as much to save energy when they can compare their usage with their neighbours ...

  • Susan Andres

    I tired connecting through Facebook and got the message that the tool currently does not address gas accounts. So it won't work in areas where natural gas is the primary energy source.

  • Chris Gregory

    Regarding the energy conservation challenge: Our group has submitted a grant proposal to the EPA back in December for a mini-grant to purchase a dozen P3 Kill A Watts to hold such a contest against members within our own congregation. In hopes to do 2 things: 1) Make people aware of what is using the power (including the vampires). 2)To educate people on the best ways to curb power usage in their own homes. When we're done with them, we're passing them on to another congregation who is willing to hold the same challenge and so on.

    • naridon

      While it is a good idea to buy a new kill a watt, you can also try borrowing one against a written guarantee from a neighboring university. Sometimes chemical engineering/energy engineering departments have those. Or any department that teaches a basic course on energy consumption might have that!
      good luck and it is exemplary to here that you would be passing it on forward!

  • Chris Gregory

    Not in LA, but have you beat in our small town of Beaufort, SC. South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Enforcement (SC DHEC) holds bi-annual electronics collections. This year I collaborated with 5 or 6 other religious congregations to see which could collect the most. I wish I had taken some pictures, but the lines for drop-offs were long. While the congregation I belong to didn't win (as we are only about 100 members compared to some of the larger ones of 300), we all won in the end. Collaboration and awareness are key. Congregations are some of the biggest contributors I have found to help with such efforts. Call them up, you'll be surprised.

  • PetronellaT

    In North London, UK the Transition Town network have recently launched an energy saving competition between neighbours too: http://nlet.org.uk/ I'll share your smackdown too with them!

  • Omar Brownson

    Anyone in Los Angeles up for an electronic waste smackdown? I challenge my fellow Angelenos to collect 4,000 pounds by end of March. Divert waste from our landfills and create jobs for formerly incarcerated people. Recycle. Repurpose. Reintegrate. http://www.isidorerecycling.com/

    • Eli Kaufman

      I'm in too. hit me up when you swing by Omar!

    • Ben Goldhirsh

      this is awesome. and Casey, this is Kabira's company. so dope. but I'm not racing to 4k pounds. I'll chip in 2 old blackberry's, one treo, and some other gadgets. though I might keep the treo as a keepsake.

      • Kabira Stokes

        Ben - we are building a vintage electronics museum at Isidore - we can put your Treo out with a plaque " from the Ben Goldhirsh collection"... :)

      • Omar Brownson

        We'll take them! Cell phones are the best value to weight ratio

    • Casey Caplowe

      I'm down. And i've got some e-waste. Where do i take it?

      • Omar Brownson

        p.s. if you're at GOOD's office, I'll pick it up on my way to work and Isidore is around the corner.

        • Casey Caplowe

          Awesome. I will coordinate something and be in touch.

      • Omar Brownson

        Thanks Casey! Isidore is located in Lincoln Heights at 646 Gibbons Street, Los Angeles, California 90031. You can pull into the driveway and park behind the building to unload your items. Drop off hours are:
        9am - 4pm Monday through Thursday & Fridays by appointment.
        Let them know I sent you!
        http://www.isidorerecycling.com/free_drop_off_locations

        • Kabira Stokes

          Love this :) . And fun fact - for every 50,000 lbs we collect, we can create one more job here in LA for people with barriers to work.

          AND - we are now open for drop offs M-F 9-5, and are collecting every last Sunday of the month t the Atwater Village Farmers Market.

    • Casey Caplowe

      This seems really interesting, though i don't speak spanish so i can't quite really get into it. Do you know if there's any similar sites in english?

  • Ben Goldhirsh

    ben austin. I'm calling you out.