|An example of an Opower Home Energy Report|
Many years ago, when I was in my early twenties, I lived in a gorgeous light-filled apartment in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Although the apartment was a studio, it was huge and comfortable. The rent was reasonable, and I couldn’t understand how I was able to snag such a great deal. Until the first electric bill came. Then it became clear to me on why the landlord was so willing to give me a good price on the rent. The electric bill for one month in the spring for my studio apartment was nearly $400! I actually cried when I opened the bill, and I was still crying when I called the electric company to plead with them to help me lower my bill. The company was so gracious, and they sent a representative to change my lightbulbs, and give me specific tips on how to save on my electric bill. The next month, my bill was a fraction of what it was previously.
Throughout my years in Philadelphia, I found the electric company to be very supportive of my efforts to save energy and money. Being in California now, I’m fortunate that our electric company, PG&E offers that same type of support. They have partnered with Opower to provide Home Energy Reports to its consumers. These reports provide personalized information about how much energy you use in your home in an easy to read and understand format. They also provide specific tips on how you can adapt your energy usage to save money.
It says a lot about Opower that PG&E, the area’s gas and electric provider, advocates for their consumers to take advantage of the company’s resources. Besides the home energy reports, Opower offers web and mobile alerts, a social energy application online, and an innovative thermostat. By utilizing these various methods to reach energy users, Opower has saved enough energy to take a city the size of Oakland off the grid for a year! That’s pretty impressive. Actually, that’s REALLY impressive.
So, I’ve reached out to PG&E, and they are going to contact us to give us more information about completing a home energy report. While we’re waiting, I’m going to continue to bark at my family gently remind my family to do the basics of saving energy by turning off lights and unplugging electronics when they’re not in use. We don’t want anymore tears when the energy bills come!
Do you have any tips for saving energy? Have you ever had a home energy report? How do you save money on your energy bills?
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