John Gear Salem July 9, 2008

In my opinion, better feedback is the critical element for reducing energy consumption. We still live in a world where the dominant utility paradigm was to hide the meters in the back behind the bushes and under the wasps' nest so that customers continued consuming, blithely unaware until the bill came. Utilities ought to be charged with doing this sort of high-touch feedback (or even more, such as continuous real-time consumption data inside the house next to the thermostat and in the kitchen or utility room), but until that revolution occurs, someone is selling it as an aftermarket service option: http://www.weatherwiseusa.com/announcements/EnerCheckAnnouncement.htm

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John Gear

Natural Resource Specialist
Nuclear Safety & Energy Siting
Oregon Department of Energy
503-378-5584