Qualifying Redmond households will soon receive free, customized “Home Energy Reports” designed to help reduce household energy usage.
These bi-monthly reports, mailed out beginning Nov 19, will show how a household’s energy usage compares with similar-sized homes in the same neighborhood. They are designed to help residents make more informed decisions about their household energy usage and, ultimately, lower energy bills.
The year-long program is funded by Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and a federal energy-efficiency block grant the City of Redmond received as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
A group of Eastside cities, known as the C7 New Energy Partnership, have joined with PSE and OPOWER, a national industry leader in energy efficiency and Smart Grid software, to offer the reports to qualified residents.
“Redmond is pleased to join our neighboring communities and PSE to provide Home Energy Reports to help residents become more aware of the energy they use and how they can lower their monthly bills,” stated Redmond Mayor John Marchione. “It’s an effective and sustainable way residents can save money and help make Redmond a greener community.”
The easy-to-understand reports provide participants useful information on their electricity and natural gas use, including:
• Comparison to neighbors: Participants see how their electricity and natural gas use compares to the aggregate usage of neighbors in similar-sized homes. Each participant’s energy information is strictly confidential; only they will see their personal information.
• Progress tracker: Participants see how their energy use changes over time so they can set targets for energy savings and track the effectiveness of any energy-reducing steps they make.
• Personalized energy-efficiency tips: In each report, participants receive tips chosen specifically for them based on their energy use and the characteristics of their home.
Updated, personalized reports will be delivered every two months for the next year to help raise energy awareness and measure the energy savings achieved. Residents may opt out at any time by calling a PSE Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information about the program, contact a PSE Energy Advisor at 800-562-1482, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.