A small group of Burbank residents soon will be equipped with digital picture frames that display not just family snapshots, but also how much energy and water they are using — and how much money it's costing them.
The year-long project piloted by Burbank Water and Power follows the lead of the utility's counterpart in Glendale, which launched a similar project earlier this year.
Officials hope awareness among customers of their personal energy and water consumption could spur more people to conserve, helping utilities meet statewide energy goals.
In Burbank, where the electric rates were raised by 1.75% this year, Jeannette Meyer of Burbank Water and Power thinks the frames will change how people think about energy.
“None of this is to say we want customers to go without,” Meyer said. “But if we can get all customers to think about their usage and control it a little bit more, that helps us to keep rates down for everybody.”