Miami tops a new list of energy-inefficient cities, which comes as no surprise to any South Floridian who has ever paid an electricity bill after a sweltering July.
Arcadia Power, a clean energy company, surveyed 7,400 of its customers in 15 cities — including hundreds of Miamians — on their electricity use. Data released Tuesday showed Miami’s energy usage is 25 percent above the national average.
Considering energy use is one of the biggest factors affecting how severe climate change will be (and that Miami is one of the most vulnerable cities in the nation), this isn’t a good look for the Magic City. At least it has company. Arcadia’s list saw other cities likely to be impacted by climate change, including Atlanta, Charlotte and Phoenix, ranked as more inefficient cities too.
In fact, Arcadia said that these cities are “shooting themselves in the foot” by emitting avoidable greenhouse gasses.
“We wanted to help people around the country see how their own personal energy usage impacts climate change,” said Joel Gamoran, Arcadia’s director of Energy Services. “By getting this information out there, people will think about the impact of the energy usage in their home.”
It’s hardly the most comprehensive study, but it isn’t the only one that points out Miami needs to conserve more energy. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked 51 large U.S. cities on their energy saving activities. Miami came in 46th.
The reason why Miami and other hot cities topped the list isn’t hard to guess.
“AC is definitely going to be a big factor there,” Gamoran said.
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