Facebook app measures your carbon footprint


Facebook app measures your carbon footprint

Rebecca Thomson

A computer science student has created a Facebook application that enables users to measure their domestic energy consumption via the social networking site.

Derek Foster developed the WattsUp application, which will allow people to assess their carbon dioxide emissions, as part of his project for the MSc in Human-centred Interactive Technologies at the University of York.

The application records household power consumption using an energy monitor called the Wattson monitor. The monitor is plugged into a computer and uploads energy information to a database. People can use it to find out where they use a lot of energy so they can improve their carbon footprint and cut their bills.

The application is currently being tested and should be available in a couple of weeks. The Wattson monitors cost between £70 and £80.

WattsUp has been selected as a novel application finalist by developers of the Microsoft Facebook Development Toolkit. An article on it will be published on the Microsoft Developers Network.

"I developed the application to try to help persuade people to change their behaviour for the better, and promote better lifestyles," Foster said.

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