Want to know what the average electricity use is in your Los Angeles neighborhood and how it compares with other parts of town?
The California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA has released what it calls a first-of-its-kind interactive energy map. Using commercial and residential customer data provided by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the project shows Los Angeles energy use by census block, along with other information such as average income and building age.
Analysis has so far suggested one pattern: Average energy use tends to be greater in wealthier areas.
But why? Because the houses are bigger, have more air conditioning? Because the well-to-do don’t turn off the lights when they leave a room?
Center Director Stephanie Pincetl, a professor at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, said little is known about the factors that shape energy use.