The chart is wrong about that big blue chunk labeled cooling. (UPDATE: This is an error. In the comments below, see comment no. 1 from Cop Car and my response in comment no. 3.) I have yet to even turn on the air conditioner, but there was no choice on the form for “never use it.” That's forgivable; I still have a reasonably good idea of where my energy dollars are going. And look how I stack up with similar homes:
Actually, I spend more per year with PGE indicates, but it is still much lower than similar homes. It helps, of course, that only one person lives in this place. If I had a husband or roommate, the cost would be higher.
The company also supplies appliance-buying guides, upgrade advice with both no-cost and low-cost choices and charts to help lower energy use. This light bulb chart [pdf] compares costs, savings and usability among incandescents, CFLs and LEDs.
And here are 24 energy saving tips ranging from “without spending a dime” to “larger investments with big payoffs.”
I mention all this because although I do not recall such rich, useful websites for the power companies in Maine and New York where I previously lived, that doesn't mean they don't have them and perhaps your power company is equally informative.
Anything that helps save a few dollars is a good thing.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Don (Greywolf) Ford: Gone Fishin'