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  • “Several times a year, households in one program receive a two-page sheet that compares their energy use with that of similar homes and "efficient" homes in the area. It also includes tips for saving energy, such as turning off the water heater while on vacation.

    The program, run by Opower Inc. of Arlington, Va. for more than 90 utilities, has reduced energy use for participating utilities by 1.8% - 3%.”

    How to Cut Residential Energy Use

    September 28, 2014

  • “Opower is an energy company whose bills, developed with the help of Smart Design, show customers how much energy they consumed relative to their neighbors. They can try to improve their "personal best", and by seeing how they compare to their neighbors, they can determine whether they're doing better or worse than they think, which motivates them to match or surpass their neighbors' performance.”

    Gamification In Everything: The Range And When And Why It's So Effective

    September 15, 2014

  • “"The average person thinks about energy use for only nine minutes per year," according to Deena Rosen, Senior Director of User Experience at Opower.

    How do you get energy customers to make smart and meaningful choices when they might not care very much about it? This is a challenge recently-public energy-efficiency program administrator Opower confronts every day.”

    Opower’s 5 Principles of How to Design for Energy Customers

    September 10, 2014

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  • “Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said 640,000 customers earned a credit on their bills last week for cutting back on electricity, the biggest test of a fledgling program aimed at reducing demand on hot days.The "Energy Savings Day" on Wednesday — part of BGE's voluntary Smart Energy Rewards program — earned people who bumped up their thermostats or made other changes an average of $6.80. It was the first such savings day of the summer.”

    More BGE customers earning bill credits for cutting back

    July 28, 2014

  • “If you are a customer of Green Mountain Power, you may be getting some important mail this week. Efficiency Vermont is asking 35,000 Green Mountain Power customers for feedback on energy use, and in turn, is providing them with personalized energy saving tips.”

    Efficiency Vermont Offers Advice to Cutback on Energy Use

    July 8, 2014

  • “A first-of-its-kind program set to launch this summer is aiming to conserve electricity and cut ratepayers' bills, by getting consumers to dial back on electricity use when demand is at its highest.”

    Efficiency Vermont, GMP Look To Curb Electricity Usage During 'Peak' Demand

    July 8, 2014

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