I had received a year-end from our local utility comparing me with 100 of my neighbours and with my 20 most energy-efficient neighbours. I was way below the curve and only slightly above my energy-efficient neighbours almost of the year, but had an off-the-charts spike in the middle. The letter said in big bold letters “You used 58% MORE electricity than your neighbors. This costs you about $486 EXTRA.”
I think they want me to take steps to become more energy efficient. (Angela laughed when I told her. “There must be a mistake!” She exclaimed. “You’re the most efficient person I know!” She moved a year and a half ago, she has forgotten how poorly built this building is.) I wonder if they’ll help me with my moving costs to get into a place without huge gaps around the windows and doors. . . ??? I can sure think of other ways I’d rather spend that $486 this year.
(For the record, the letter was of no surprise to me whatsoever. I’m fully aware that I’m cooling the whole neighbourhood when I run my a/c and have done everything I can to weatherproof this place.)