Posts for category "Outlier"

This is what Tesla owners are doing while you sleep

  • By Barry Fischer and Ben Harack
  • July 2, 2014

By day…electric vehicles are taking the world by storm: their sales are doubling every year, their fuel efficiency is off the charts, and some of them can even accelerate from 0-60 mph about as fast as you can say Elon Musk.

By nightthe electric vehicle (EV) community continues to make waves. While you are in bed dreaming about how some day you too might own an electric car, many EV owners are doing something dramatic; something unusual; something that is reshaping the energy landscape.

They are using gobs of electricity.

Average power consumption climbs to 4x above typical

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2014 World Cup: 3 key matches that energy efficiency fans won’t want to miss

  • By Aaron Tinjum
  • June 12, 2014

In January, we conducted a comparative energy efficiency analysis of the NFL Super Bowl match-up between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. While it was a close contest between the two cities — Seattle and Denver — we ultimately gave the edge to the Seahawks.

Now, we turn our attention to the world sports stage — for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As a company built on promoting energy savings, we couldn’t help but highlight a few key match-ups as they relate to countries’ energy efficiency efforts. Here are three games we’ll be watching closely.

Brazil vs. Mexico

Group A: 17 JUN 2014 – 16:00 Local time

We kick off our analysis with a match that features the host country and heavy favorite: Brazil.

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Think you’re better than others at saving energy? These 3 charts suggest you may need a reality check.

  • By Julie O'Brien
  • April 24, 2014

Are you smarter than average? Are you more compassionate than other people? Are you more concerned about the environment? You probably answer “yes” to these statements.

And guess what? So does everyone else.

The well documented “Illusory Superiority” effect — also known as the Lake Wobegon Effect or the better-than-average effect — describes how most people think their skills and abilities are better than those of others, even though, by definition, it’s not actually possible for everyone to be better than average. In reality, for most population distributions, about half of people are worse than average and half are better than average.

But we’re motivated to feel good about ourselves — especially when it comes to our abilities and values. This phenomenon has been demonstrated in a range of domains, including cognitive abilities, health, and even operating a vehicle. In one commonly cited study, about 80% of people rate themselves above-average drivers


The effect has been widely documented in US, Europe, and Asia, but in few regions beyond that. Moreover, little research has focused on the illusory superiority effect as it relates to energy and the environment.

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About Outlier

Outlier explores trends in how people are using energy at home. Pulling from an unprecedented (and still growing) amount of energy data—currently drawn from 50 million homes—Opower crunches energy-use information from more than 75 utility partners every day, and cross-references that with weather, household, and demographic information to produce compelling analyses in the Outlier series.