Starting Oct. 7, Seattle City Light will provide 20,000 randomly selected homeowners with bi-monthly home energy reports as part of a pilot program to help them reduce their energy consumption and save money.
“Energy conservation is one of the best ways people can save money and reduce their impact on the environment,” Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. “Tools like home energy reports put the power over electricity bills in the customer’s hands.”
The reports, which will be prepared by the energy efficiency software company OPOWER, track a home’s energy consumption then compare it to surrounding homes and the most efficient neighboring homes. Comparisons are provided in energy use and the extra cost or savings for the customer.
Finally, the reports provide suggestions on how a customer can reduce his or her energy consumption, including rebates available from City Light.
Customers will receive the reports every two months for a year. They are scheduled to arrive a few days after the customers receive their electricity bills. Customers can opt out of the program by calling 1-866-352-2246.
Seattle City Light is the ninth largest public electric utility in the United States. It has the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.
Arlington, Va.-based OPOWER helps utilities meet their efficiency goals through effective customer engagement. For more information on OPOWER, please visit www.opower.com.