The Unwaste Lab is a group of households across New York State that used web-connected energy monitors to see how their homes use electricity in real time.
For two years, Unwaste Lab participants watched their energy data online and related it to different appliances they were using and things they did around the house. They also took "snapshots” of their graphs and shared stories about what worked for them right here at unwasteNY.org.
A guide to Unwaste Lab snapshots: Submitted by our Unwaste Lab families, the graphs measured how much energy different appliances were using in these New Yorkers’ houses, and the activities — turning off or unplugging electronics and appliances when not in use— that impacted overall household energy use. The blue line represents their home’s energy use while the gray line in the background represents electricity use levels for similar households based on type, size and number of occupants.
New York, NY
One Unwaste Lab member’s coffee caused energy levels to jump at home! Leaving the heating element in your coffee maker on after it is finished brewing… more ›
New York, NY
The energy levels in this Unwaste Lab household show that switching to CFL bulbs is worth it. CFLs use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, so con… more ›
This Unwaste Lab household is eliminating waste after seeing the effect adjusting the thermostat has on its energy use. To get results like this, adj… more ›
New York, NY
Refrigerators are constantly using energy, as this Unwaste Lab member realized by checking energy levels while away from home. To reduce the energy c… more ›
This Unwaste Lab household is seeing the value of adding timers to lights and appliances. Set timers to turn things on or off at predetermined times … more ›
Turning on the dryer was all it took to make energy levels jump in this Unwaste Lab household. To save energy while doing your laundry, consider air d… more ›
The energy spike below made one Unwaste Lab household realize how much energy hot tubs really use. You can conserve energy by reducing the water tempe… more ›
Johnson City, NY
This Unwaste Lab household has seen its energy use drop dramatically by unplugging appliances when not in use. An average home has 20-40 appliances c… more ›
Check out the spike in this Unwaste Lab household’s energy use when the dishwasher is running. To get the most out of the energy used to wash your dis… more ›
Investing in a programmable thermostat is a simple way to reduce energy waste at home. By programming your thermostat lower by 10 degrees for two eigh… more ›