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Honda Smart Home is expected to generate a surplus of 2.6 MWh of electricity over the course of a year, while a comparable home will consume approximately 13.3 MWh.

This seems quite amazing...however, when I compare my electricity usage on the PG&E website I see that for the past 12 months I used a total of 3.1 MWh and the "comparable" homes in my area (the data that PG&E provides) use 7.2 MWh. I think that in Davis they need quite a bit more A/C in summer than my area. Also, I'm charging a Prius plugin and most people aren't.

I've done a number of things to make my house more energy efficient...most of them have been very inexpensive and really just comes down to choosing good lighting, good appliances and shutting stuff off when not needed...and measuring everything to make sure it is as expected.

So, while I think these types of projects are great...they seem out of reach for most people, so they do nothing. Of course they couldn't use a house like mine as a model because it is boring...nothing special to actually see. And nothing special to "sell" either.

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