Compare Your Energy Bills to Your Neighbors’
A front-page story in Friday’s News & Observer reported the very high cost of electricity in some areas of eastern North Carolina. The story pointed out that electricity costs are expected to go up in the Duke Power service area as well.
The story gave examples of homeowners facing monthly electricity bills in the $400 to $600 range. What was striking was the absence of any explanation of how many kilowatt hours of electricity these homeowners were using. How does the amount of electricity these homeowners used last month compare with the amount you or I used that month?
Durham residents can use Clean Energy Durham’s new Home Energy Share and Compare, an online feature that allows homeowners to type in the number of kilowatt hours they used each month and then compare their use to that of other households in Durham. It is possible to compare only with households with a similar number of occupants and house size, or to compare with all of Durham.
This helpful tool is more valuable the more people enter their data. So give it a try! The more we know, the more likely it is we’ll make good decisions.
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