Mr Cameron said: "If we find out that our neighbours, or households similar to ours, are using half as much energy as we are then we\’re much more likely to bring our own consumption down in line. So how can we help people find out how much energy they\’re using compared to their neighbours? There\’s a simple answer: energy bills.

"So I can announce that a Conservative government will make sure every gas and electricity bill contains information that allows each household to compare their energy consumption with other households.

What is the Boy Dave (C) drivelling on about?

These people currently receive bills, don\’t they? So they can show them to their neighbours if they wish…and on that bill will be the number of units of power they have used, the price for those units and the total costs.

What actually needs changing here?

9 thoughts on “Eh?”

  1. “Mr Cameron said: “If we find out that our neighbours, or households similar to ours, are using half as much energy as we are then we’re much more likely to bring our own consumption down in line.”

    Unless you don’t give a stuff what your neighbours do, of course. After all, they may be nice people to chat to while mowing the lawn, but why should their lifestyle choices have some magical connection to your own?

    What planet is this guy from…?

  2. Or does he mean that neighbours will be sent details of EACH OTHER’s consumption with their bills?

    Great idea – let’s do it with tax returns as well!

    But in the immortal words of Sam Goldwyn: “include me out”.

  3. Well, HMRC are ahead of the game if so, given that after the data screwup, some of their apology letters contained other people’s details… 😉

  4. I can often tell if the neighbours are using less energy than I am – at night I can hear them shivering and wretching.

    I’m most impressed.

  5. Monthly electric bills in my area of the USA have contained comparisons of customer usage to the average/median use of all consumers in the same rate class for about 20 years. Not a big deal. People seem to take notice of it after a rate increase for a few months or so, then back to usage patterns as before.

  6. Out here in backward Brisbane, Australia, we have a water shortage and have been experiencing quite serious watere usage restrictions. The city council (our water supplier) now includes on its bills a series of graphs indicating our own quarterly usage, the mean usage of the the suburb’s residents, and our own usage during the previous period. It might seem a little “big brother” but no private information is revealed, and it does focus the mind.

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