SAN FRANCISCO--()--Gen110, a leading distributed electricity company, today released a survey revealing that consumers are four times more likely to know how much they pay for gas than electricity. Out of 378 responses to an online poll, 95% of respondents correctly identified the average price of a gallon of gas, while just 23% of respondents could name the price for a kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity.
“Well I drive a BMW and I have to use premium (gas), so I think it’s about $4.65”
“The consumer knowledge gulf around energy prices is no surprise. Gas stations advertise pricing with large signs, while electricity rates are buried in complicated statements,” said Gen110 CEO Jason Brown. “Gen110 is educating homeowners that they now have a choice when it comes to buying electricity—and that they can compare prices for electricity just like they do for gas.”
As part of this education initiative, Gen110 took to the streets in Petaluma, California, to interview residents, along the lines of the Tonight Show’s popular “Jaywalking” feature. As in the survey, the Gen110 team asked residents how much they pay for a gallon of gas and how much they pay for a kilowatt hour of electricity. Feedback from respondents mirrored a similar discrepancy in energy understanding.
“Well I drive a BMW and I have to use premium (gas), so I think it’s about $4.65,” said Debra Halladay when questioned about the last price she paid at the pump. “I know exactly what the cost of a gallon is because they post it right in front of the gas station. There is never any surprise.”
“I don’t really know if my electricity rates have spiked, you know,” said Don Saunders, a retired Petaluma resident, “because you just get the bill, you look at it, you pay.”
A humorous video compilation of more reactions to Gen110’s interactive energy pop quiz can be found here.
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