Consumer ‘Energy Limbo’ competition launched in Bermuda


Marc A. R. Bean,
Bermuda’s Minister
of Environment, Planning
and Infrastructure Strategy
Hamilton, Bermuda — (METERING.COM) — November 29, 2011 – Bermuda’s Department of Energy has launched a consumer energy management challenge, which will see participants compete for the biggest reduction in their electricity use over the course of almost a year.

The “Energy Limbo: How Low Can You Go?” competition will see participants provided with an electronic meter in order to provide real time information about their electricity consumption on their laptop or PC.

Then, every month participants will check in with Department of Energy staff to share their electric bills which will then be compared with their historical data to assess progress. Those who aren’t reducing consumption as much as they would like will be provided with advice and guidance. Participants will also be informed on a monthly basis as to how they are measuring up in comparison with the other contestants.

“We believe that without doing very much that’s different to their current behaviors, the average resident can save 15 percent off their bills by just being aware of obvious energy waste,” commented minister of Environment, Planning and Infrastructure Strategy, Marc A. R. Bean. “If an average homeowner pays about $350 per month on their electric bills, then that’s a potential savings of more than $600 per year. Through this contest, we hope to see ordinary people saving far more than that, and have them sharing their experiences of success with the public.”

Twenty volunteers are currently being sought for the competition on a first come, first served basis, which has a prize of a $600 travel voucher, while the top three competitors will get to keep their metering device.

The contest itself will begin in January, and will go for ten months through the end of October. The winner and the runners-up will be announced in Caricom Energy Week of 2012, to celebrate energy awareness.