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.