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.