As people become more and more aware their carbon footprint, it seems there are more and more gadgets promising to help reduce them. Like the new Onzo. This handy tool from the UK, often referred to as the “dashboard for your home,” gathers data on your electricity use and helps you to determine your carbon emissions with a “bevy of advanced metering infrastructure gadgets, including a wireless PC dongle, individual appliance meters [and] clip-on sensors.”
It all sounds pretty complicated to me. But what it lacks in simplicity, it more than makes up for with its stylish, modern looking design. Furthermore, when you hook it up to your computer, it will take you straight to its company’s website where you can “niftily compare your home’s carbon footprint over time — or with everyone else. No more old-style invisible energy tricks to send our climate hay-wire — you’ll be up close, and in control.”
So cool is this gadget that earth2tech wonders if it’s “the iPod of Cleantech.” But my first thought is — unlike other household energy saving devices that actively save power (like the GreenSwitch) — all the Onzo does is advise.
If information is all you’re after, I’ve got a device that works wonders without adding another gizmo to your bevy of machinery. It’s called YourEyes, and it’s a handy device that anyone reading this can use free of charge. YourEyes will tell you when unnecessary lights are on and what your thermostat is set at. It will also aid you in determining which outdated appliances can be replaced with more energy efficient ones. YourEyes can even tell you when electronics are plugged in and don’t need to be. And, when used in conjunction with YourHands, you can easier and efficiently lower your carbon footprint. You may not be able to “niftily” compare it with others, but you can sleep well knowing that you’ve made a difference.
“YourEyes.” Helping you reduce YourCarbonFootprint. Check it out.
Originally published on G Living, April 2008