To Facebook or Not to Facebook...

Not really even a question for most of us anymore. And when it comes to Green Living, Facebook has launched a new Green app, that just might give you even more reasons to want to visit the social networking site.

Facebook announced a new feature recently: an app that was designed to help you “live green” by practicing energy savings in your home.

Essentially, you'll be able to track your energy use and compare your data with that of other users of the app. (Making energy savings a sort of “competition.”) It will be complete and offered to Facebook users next year. Idea sounds great. Friendly competition, a co-operative sort of competition, can help us all take personal action.

Facebook created the “Green on Facebook” app in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Opower, a home energy usage analysis company. Opower, in turn, has partnered with a number of utility companies to help homeowners more accurately measure how much energy they use via smart metering technology.

In the words of Facebook: “With more than 500 million people around the world using Facebook, our greatest opportunity to affect environmental change is through the power and reach of our platform. We are working to develop programs and initiatives that can enable and empower people on Facebook to get engaged in environmental issues and solutions. By enabling millions of people from diverse backgrounds to easily connect and share, Facebook can play a unique role in promoting efforts to achieve a sustainable future.”

Touché. We all have a personal choice so, we want to hear from you. Will you use Facebook to help you in your Green Living, or not?

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