Compare Your Energy Bills to Your Neighbors’

March 6, 2010 at 12:13 pm 3 comments

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.

Entry filed under: Home Energy Share and Compare.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ann  |  March 14, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Our group now has 12 members. Is there a way to put all the data together so that we can see the differences and similarities in energy usage and CO2/person within our group.

  • 2. Clean Energy Durham  |  March 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Ann! We have two ideas for how to do this:

    (1) Everybody plugs their monthly data into the Home Energy Share and Compare as part of a team. Then you can compare yourself to the entire team by selecting your team’s name from the drop-down menu. But it’s still anonymous within the team, so…
    (2) You can also use the paper sheets or your own team spreadsheet. Someone collects the data and distributes the aggregated data, with everyone’s names included. If you do it this way, it’s good to also plug it into the Share&Compare so that people can see instantly where their household stands while they wait for these details.

    We’d love any other creative ideas, too!

    • 3. Clean Energy Durham  |  March 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm

      Sorry, correction – there’s no drop down menu, but you’ll select the “Team” option when you’re in the comparison tab. Contact for more information or with further questions. Good luck!


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