My sister and her husband’s solar system was recently connected to the grid. Their text message and embedded image nicely summarize what they think of their system:
“Here is a great shot of our home energy report. Thank you solar!”
An astronomical rise relative to their neighbors, from near the bottom to near the top.
When I received this image, I was reminded of a TED talk by Alex Laskey. Laskey found that people are more highly motivated to save energy if they know how much energy they use relative to their neighbors. Using human behavior to motivate energy conservation is a simple yet powerful idea.
And now that I see my Sister’s report, I wonder what motivated her and her husband to go solar: the fact some of their neighbors also installed solar systems, my happiness with solar power, being able to make serious money by selling SRECs, or was it being ranked 98th out of 100 back in February???