Mindful of the growing dangers of climate change, I always strive to be an environmentally conscientious consumer. I’m on my second Prius. I don’t eat red meat. My indoor light comes only from compact florescent light bulbs. Local clean wind powers my primary residence in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington.
So, understandably, I was more than a little upset to learn that I was a flop at energy savings compared to my neighbors. This revelation came through a series of home energy reports from the utility company that services my weekend house 170 miles away in western Maryland. In fact, at certain times during the year, I had consumed up to 37 percent more electricity than 100 nearby homes similar in size to mine.