Compare Your Energy Use with Other Durham Residents

February 15, 2010 at 4:24 pm 2 comments

Today we’re launching a free online tool, Home Energy Share and Compare, which quickly and anonymously allows Durham households to compare their energy use.

“The unique feature of this tool is that it enables people to compare energy use for a particular month of weather in Durham,” explains Tom Higgins, Clean Energy Durham’s Energy Education Director. “You can compare yourself to households with similar size homes and a similar number of occupants.”

One feature of the Home Energy Share and Compare is that neighbors can form teams for comparison purposes. Sharing energy helps encourage efficiency; last year, one block in Watts Hospital–Hillandale neighborhood compared energy use for several months and discovered that one house used a lot more energy. That household was surprised and so they did some investigation and found several very inexpensive ways to save a lot of energy.

The online Home Energy Share and Compare will be more fun and valuable the more Durham residents input their data, so add your data today!

Home Energy Share and Compare was created by FireStream Media, a multimedia studio located in downtown Durham. It was funded with support from the UNC Environmental Finance Center, the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Office of Durham and Regional Affairs at Duke University, and MindWorks Multimedia, Inc.

Entry filed under: Home Energy Share and Compare, Watts Hospital-Hillandale.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ann Deupree  |  June 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Water consumption would be an important addition to your great energy share and compare program.

    I’m having a hard time finding the neighborhood comparison on your website. I know it’s here somewhere.


    • 2. Clean Energy Durham  |  June 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm

      Hi Ann,

      You’re right, water consumption is critical. We’re not able to add it yet, but we’ll let you know if we do! The neighborhood comparison can be found here.


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