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zuil serip

I am a fan of Sankey diagrams and agree with Kaiser that the original is not particularly bad - just very busy.

For simple flows like this, it is also often possible to get away with a standard 'waterfall' chart. Here is an attempt:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24579696@N05/2453689923/sizes/l/

I followed Kaiser's lead and framed it as a 'constant input' chart to make it easier to understand. I do understand why the original chart chose to look at it as from a 'constant output' perspective: It is frequently more natural to ask the question: 'given my electricity and heating needs, how little fuel can I spend' rather than 'given a fixed amount of fuel, how much electricity and heating can I generate'.

dreikin

I like the format of the second chart better, but it may have a slight problem: How do you know that it's linear - that a ~30% decrease in input results in the same decrease for all outputs?

Kaiser

Dreikin: that is a great question. I don't know. Since the original uses the arbitrary outputs of 30 and 45 units, it seems plausible that these numbers are scalable. But true, it may very well not be.

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