Progress customers can keep up with Joneses to cut costs

Posted April 28, 2011

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— Progress Energy said Thursday that it plans to encourage energy conservation this summer by showing customers how little their neighbors are spending on electricity.

The program, which has been approved by the state Utilities Commission, involves Progress Energy sending notices to customers to compare their monthly electric bills with those of unidentified neighbors who live in similarly sized homes.

Mike Hughes, a spokesman for the Raleigh-based utility, said knowing the other residents have lower bills should motivate people to look for various ways to cut their electricity usage.

Notices could start going out in June, and they will be sent at random to cover a range of customer profiles.

Progress Energy estimates that its North Carolina customers will cut back their electricity use by at least 2 percent once they start comparing themselves with their neighbors.


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  • AppStateGrad Apr 29, 2011

    I think this is a great idea! A little competition is exactly what a large group of people are motivated by! I'd be trying to get my home more efficient than everyone elses!

  • protestthis Apr 28, 2011

    i never look at the darn thing - i log in to the web site - look at the amount due and pay it .......... never have to read thru the mess of garbage they print on darn statement.

  • rednek Apr 28, 2011

    Yeah, consumers conserve and Progress goes to the utilities commission and complain they are not selling enough electricity and need a rate increase. We get got either way, happened in the 70's and rates have constantly gone up since then. Only thing that has gone up more percentage wise is gas.

  • miketroll3572 Apr 28, 2011

    If they send me a notice, I will send one back saying mind your own business......