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The trend of consumers wanting to access energy-related information online is growing. This is according to a consumer survey conducted by energy management solutions provider Comverge.

The survey of 1,034 energy users indicates that consumers want to simplify how they engage with their energy usage. More than half (57 percent) of respondents said that they would prefer to have a centralized repository to manage all their utility driven energy consumption -- even more so with the younger generation (69 percent).

A majority of respondents -- 72 percent -- access details of their energy use via paper statements but only 58 percent want to in the future. The rest want an online energy reality check.

Only 22 percent of respondents even check their energy usage and/or bill at least once per week, while 16 percent don't track it at all. Nearly two-thirds, or 62 percent, spend less than 10 minutes per month reviewing their energy usage/bill, and 32 percent said spend less than 5 minutes.

The average American spends more than 33 minutes a day checking Facebook, which is 100 times longer than the time spent checking their bill. As a country that is becoming more digitally centered, it is no surprise that an increasing number of consumers want their energy information online.

Ultimately, the survey points to a trend in which consumers are looking for deeper utility engagement and better tools to manage energy use.

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