Community Energy Map

See how your neighborhood’s energy use (electricity and natural gas) compares to other areas in Columbia.

Como Energy Challenge Map

Columbia neighborhoods are defined by Elementary School boundaries in this map opens in a new window.


Q: What do the colors on the map mean?
A: The colors represent how much energy your neighborhood uses. Red = uses more energy. Green = uses less energy. The community map ranks energy use by site use intensity. Site use intensity is the total energy use (kBtu*) divided by the total square footage of the homes (sq.ft.).
*kBtu is a way to compare both electricity (kWh) and natural gas (ccf)

Q: Why were Columbia Public School Elementary boundaries chosen as a way to define the City?
A: We needed a measurable and identifiable way to divide all of the homes and apartments inside the city limits of Columbia. Columbia Public Schools graciously allowed us to use their boundaries as a way to do so.

Q: Does the map account for commercial, municipal, and school buildings?
A: No. The map solely represents residential properties within the city limits of Columbia.

Q: My house is located in a red or orange area? What can I do to save energy?
A: There’s lot’s you can do! Check out our ‘resources opens in a new window‘ tab above to see what tips and tools would work best for you. Also, keep an eye out opens in a new window, we might be holding an event near you.

Q: My house is located in a yellow or green area. What does that mean?
A: It means, comparatively, you use less energy at home than other areas of the City (good for you!). However, there are always additional things you can do to use less energy opens in a new window. Historically Columbia Water & Light has even seen homes save up to 42% on their annual utility costs in these areas by getting an energy assessment and making recommended upgrades. 

We’re going to need everyone’s continued support to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize.