About the neighbor comparison
Who are my neighbors?
Your energy use is being compared to the usage patterns of a group of about 100 neighbors whose homes are close to yours and similar in size.
Who are my efficient neighbors?
Your efficient neighbors are the most efficient 20 percent of your neighbors. The average energy use of your efficient neighbors is compared to your energy use.
How did you choose the homes used in my neighbor comparisons?
To provide valid comparisons, we've chosen specific homes that are nearby and have characteristics that typically lead to similar energy needs, such as home size and heating source. And importantly, we only include homes that appear to be occupied at the time of the comparison.
What if there are good reasons that my household uses more energy than my neighbors?
Our goal is to provide you with a comparison that is valid and meaningful. Currently, our website comparisons include a group of similar, nearby, occupied homes. Our research shows that for almost all residents this provides a good indication of typical usage. However, there are some factors for which we don't account, such as the number of occupants in the home and special loads like hot tubs. You can provide additional information about your home in the "My Account" section of the website, and we will use it to enhance your neighbor comparison.
I have certain life or housing circumstances, such as energy-intensive medical equipment, that prevent me from reducing my energy use. So how can this information help me?
It's understandable that some people may have life or housing circumstances that make it difficult to reduce their home's energy use. We aim to provide a wide range of ideas that can address the various needs of our members and their homes. We encourage you to find out which tips are best for you and search for more ideas. In some cases, you may not be able to realize substantial savings, but we've found that most people can realize at least some savings and we hope we can help you do so.
How can my efficient neighbors manage to use so much less energy than me?
Efficient households likely take a variety of steps to reduce their electricity use, including using the thermostat to manage heating costs, turning off lights and electronics when not in use and always running full loads in the dishwasher, washer and dryer. The website provides actionable steps that you can take to help you make your home more efficient.
How do you determine the size of my home and how do I update it?
The size of your home is based on data that is collected from public records. If the size of your home is not correct, you can change it in the "My Account" section of this website.
About the program
The pilot program is designed to inform residential members about their energy use and assist them in taking steps toward reducing energy consumption. The program is funded by the Alaska Energy Authority’s “Biggest State to Biggest Saver” grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The pilot is comprised of two different online tools that have been developed by Opower, a leader in the field of utility consumer engagement.
What is the purpose of the program?
Most people are eager to be more efficient and save money, but they're not always sure how. Chugach is dedicated to providing more information about your energy use so you can make informed choices and save money. We welcome your feedback. Please contact us with your comments or suggestions for improvement.
What information will I receive?
MyPower is designed to provide new information to help you understand your energy use and find smart ways to become more efficient. You'll be provided with the following information:
- Energy use. We'll make it easy to understand how much energy you are using.
- Progress tracking: You'll also see how your home's energy use changes over time and across seasons.
- Ideas on Energy Efficiency: You can find ways to save energy, including information on the rebates and other special programs.
Do other households know if I'm in their comparison and how I compare to them?
Protecting our member's information is a top priority. We treat each member's personal information and data as private. The similar homes comparisons on the website are intended to provide you with the information you need to take better control of your energy use and costs. Comparisons are made to an average of 100 similar homes in your area that have similar characteristics, which typically lead to similar energy needs. These characteristics are based on publicly available information and do not include private information, such as types of appliances and devices in the home, for example. In short, the comparisons are compiled anonymously and kept confidential, which means other customers never know what homes are used nor do they see your energy usage data.
Where can I learn more?
View all energy efficiency tips Here.
The U.S. Department of Energy and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy are also good, independent resources for additional information on energy savings.