On a per-person basis, Alaska spends more money on energy consumption than any other state. Every year, Alaska’s per-capita expenditure on energy use is a wallet-popping $10,692. But worry not: innovative efforts are underway that are primed to trim that number.
One of Alaska’s leading utilities, Chugach Electric, is helping pave the way. Last year, the member-owned utility launched the state’s first ever behavioral energy efficiency program. In partnership with Opower, Chugach empowered its members with a comprehensive energy insights web portal that helps them better understand their energy consumption and gives them personalized advice on how to use less. The program is funded by the Alaska Energy Authority’s “Biggest State to Biggest Saver” grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Working behind the scenes of Chugach’s pioneering program is Kate Ayers — an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Specialist for the utility who makes sure that the utility’s members are realizing the value of the behavioral efficiency tools provided to them. In addition to helping deploy Chugach’s energy insights web portal, she’s also been instrumental in promoting community-based energy saving competitions that have encouraged participation among Alaska’s public schools.
Why is Kate passionate about what she’s doing? As she mentions in the video interview above, her work on behavioral efficiency helps achieve immediate results for members: it educates them, it puts them in control of their energy use, and it helps save them money.
You can find more information about Chugach’s innovations in behavioral energy efficiency on their MyPower webpage.