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Palo Alto rolls out home-energy rankings

Original post made on Dec 10, 2010

The Home Energy Report, a new service from City of Palo Alto Utilities, ranks residents' home-energy usage against their neighbors. The city hopes it will encourage people to be aware of their energy consumption and make their homes more efficient.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 10, 2010, 9:06 AM

Comments (4)

Posted by Watching-America-Die-One-Stupid-Government-Action-At-A-Time, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

> "A lot of people don't know how their energy use compares to
> their neighbors.

And why would they, unless it came up during a neighbor-to-neighbor conversation, or there are a lot of people poking around in other peoples trash cans? What a silly thing to say.

> Once you have that information, then you can decide whether
> or not you want to do something about it,"

Let's see .. if one house has two elderly people who aren't very active, and their neighbor is a young family with three kids--which house is likely to have a larger utility bill? Duh? .. And which family is going to clone themselves to be "like their neighbor"?

How much social engineering can one poor little town take?

If this is the best that the Utility can do .. just lay off these people .. no matter how much it costs to do so.


Posted by Barron Park Parent, a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 10, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I just got word that our house ranks 75 out of 100 in terms of energy use. I don't get it. We turn the heat off at night. No one who has ever been here has ever said that it was hot or even warm inside in the winter. My neighbor's house is like a sauna in the winter and a refrigerator in the summer. Just goes to show.


Posted by creepy, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Dec 11, 2010 at 6:16 am

Very creepy...what next, report your neighbor if there is a light on in the living room and you can see he has left the room?

these comparisons are creepy and wrong and support the idea that we each have the right to judge our neighbor. 2 families will have completely different needs, and shouldn't have anyone else judging them.


Posted by Ken Lutich, a resident of Ventura
on Dec 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I deeply resent being harassed by the socialist utility organization (City of Palo Alto Utilities) for using an extra $25/month of energy.


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