Rick thought his power consumption was pretty average…until he added some friends on SwitchHop and realized that he’s a power hog. It’s not his fault – how was he supposed to know that a baseload of 1 kWh was unusually high?
It wasn’t until he compared himself with friends that he realized his home was consuming about double the power of everyone else.
Lots of people who want to understand their home energy consumption start by using a power meter or other device for measurement. They wind up with lots of information but no context. This is what Rick had done. He knew exactly what his house was consuming but was missing a key element – context.
Were these numbers good or bad? Above or below the norm? How much did his neighbour across the street – who’s got the same model house as him – use? What about his friends?