So, Xcel Energy was sending out fliers from OPOWER on a trial basis, trying to make peer pressure work to convince people to reduce their energy usage by comparing them to neighbors in similar homes. OPOWER claims fantastic results from this, by simply making people aware of their usage and how it compares to others.
Sadly, it seems that this approach does not work for many conservatives.
Anyway, both my brother-in-law and my neighbor got the flier; I did not. My brother in law went so far as to “feel really bad about it” and then put it in the circular file. My neighbor filed his away for “later.” Failures? I dunno.
Anyway, the interesting thing is that there was a URL on the flier I saw, for the Xcel/OPOWER site at http://xcelenergy.opower.com and it turns out that you don’t have to be randomly selected to be able to sign up for online access. It’s not exactly the same information as was on the flier, but it’s still interesting. And, you can even get daily usage over a week, which is something I’ve been wishing they’d provide since forever…. Aside from that, it’s the usual pap about “seal up household leaks” and “buy a programmable thermostat.”