What we’re using, where we’re losing it and how we might gobble up less of it. That’s what we all want to know as the era of dumb energy consumption draws to a close. Energy Results is one of the many companies hoping to enable that promised smarter future — and take advantage of it — and this week the company began dangling a “Virtual Home Energy Audit” that can be done for free over the Web.
Is this a slick technique for gathering contact information and other data on potential customers? Of course. They get your home address and your email address, and right there in the press release you’re told what happens after you complete survey: “From there, Energy Results offers a full range of energy saving products and services, managing the upgrade process for the customer from start to finish.”
But this EarthTechling contributor, ever brave, took the plunge. He found the three- or four-minute survey painless and, while hardly revelatory, it was a pretty good encapsulation of the sadly vast number of upgrades his house needs, from a low-flow showerhead to attic and ceiling insulation. The “audit” also provided some interesting information on how much the upgrades might cost ($2,395) and how long it might take to recoup their costs (3.9 years). Plus, the site said the recommended upgrades would result in 282 trees saved, though it did not immediately explain that concept.
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