Microsoft Hohm energy rating

From an article in the Wall Street Journal: "Microsoft Corp. has calculated energy-efficiency ratings for 60 million homes in the U.S., using data including public records about housing stock, weather patterns and utility bills, as well as information provided by residents. The ratings can be viewed free of charge online, at http://www.microsoft-hohm.com Homeowners can input data about their utility bills, appliances and habits to refine their scoreor they can simply snoop, comparing their score with those of their friends and neighbors. "
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That message, unfortunately, wouldn't work as well. That turns into a we-they thing. When it's local, then it's your neighbors who people can more readily identify with, and hopefully try to follow, if they're a laggard, or out-do if they're a leader.
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harry wrote:

Lacking? In what?
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On Wed, 20 Oct 2010 10:21:30 -0700, harry wrote:

In what way? Windows and doors are made the same as elsewhere. Many people seem to be insulating their attics up to the eyeballs. Walls are walls - comparable to other countries who build homes with timber, I would have thought. The products that people put into their homes are basically the same as sold elsewhere in the world.
Where's the inefficiency coming from? (other than running monster fridges because people here seem to want to keep things cool which don't need it ;-)
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