A year ago, I raised the question “has electricity shaming come to Detroit?” This was after I started receiving the monthly “letter of shame” that DTE generates, comparing my family to our more and less efficient neighbors. It appears I’m not alone in wondering about this.
Saturday’s Detroit Free Press asked the same question. The answer appears to be about the same as mine was – most people wonder who are these “more efficient” neighbors and what are they doing that I am not? Interestingly, the Free Press article says DTE and Consumers can document a decrease in electricity usage after these letters (and emails) start going out – albeit a relatively small decrease – 1%. In the meantime. I’d appreciate better information on how to save energy rather than just the generic platitudes about switching lightbulbs (I’m working on it), vacuuming out my refrigerator (I do that) and ditching the old refrigerator in my basement (not going to happen).