Starting Monday, more than 340,000 Connecticut Light & Power customers will be automatically enrolled in a new, free energy-saving service called Home Energy Reports, an Energize Connecticut initiative, CL&P and Energize Connecticut announced in a news release today.
The reports are designed to help customers assess and track their energy use. They will show customers how their home’s energy use compares to an anonymous group of 100 similarly-sized and equipped homes in their area. The report also includes customized tips for no-cost, low-cost, and long-term investment options to reduce energy use, the news release said. Customers will also be able to go online and set energy reduction goals, as well as learn more about how their home consumes energy.
A total of 34,000 CL&P customers participated in the Home Energy Reports pilot from 2011 through 2013. The pilot delivered over $1.3 million in total cost savings and approximately 14,350 megawatt hours of electricity savings, which is equivalent to the amount of electricity 900 homes would typically consume in one year, the news release said. About 17,000 customers previously enrolled in the pilot will continue to receive reports either in the mail or via email.
Here is what the power company cannot do for you?
Tell you what is on in your house at what time and how much it is costing you? They can’t look into your house and see what is on. All they can see is your TOTAL consumption. The program listed above is okay because it helps you, the home owner, compare yourself to other like home owners but that’s it. Its not like you can walk over to that other house and say, “Excuse me, Bob. What exactly are you doing that makes your house cost less than mine?”
In 2014, we actually have the technology to let you see exactly what is going on in your house. So you can make the right decisions. It is proven to save you money. Candidly, I earned back the cost of my home energy monitor in the first year.