Beginning this week, about 50,000 Progress Energy customers will receive reports with information on the way they are using their electricity. These reports will compare their usage with that of similar homes nearby.
Jeff Brooks, spokesman for Progress Energy, says the idea is to help customers by providing them with personalized information of their energy use so they can make informed choices about how they’re using it.
Brooks says the initial participants were selected randomly across Progress Energy’s customer base, but there are programs available to all of their customers looking to find ways to save.
We do have programs for any type of budget and we also have a great on-line energy audit tool, our customized home energy report, that any customer of Progress Energy can participate in. And it provides a lot of the same information that these home energy reports provide as part of this new program.
Customers that wish to participate in this program can contact Progress Energy for consideration the following year.
Brooks says they have identified homes of all sizes and locations to participate in this program in order to get a cross-section and tell how customers will take advantage of the information, how they will respond, and what choices they may make to save energy and money.
We do estimate that customers who participate in this particular program could see an energy savings of around two percent on their energy use and we expect to reduce annual electric usage of our customers by about 14 million kilowatt-hours, which is a pretty substantial savings across our system.
Brooks says these reports will provide customers with tips on things that they can do from low-cost to no-cost, all the way up to bigger investments such as changing out an old appliance.
Also, by getting rid of those extra refrigerators and freezers -a lot of folks will put these appliances out in the garage or in their basement. Progress Energy actually has a program where we’ll pay you to take that extra refrigerator or freezer and get it off the system because that can save a lot of energy as well. There’s a lot of things people can do that don’t cost a lot of money, and there are some things that are good investments for the future.