Last week, Denver Water wrote an open letter to Jay-Z in response to his recent New York Times interview in which he said “water is free….you should drink free water from the tap.” In the open letter, Denver Water corrected him, saying not only is water not free, but “some people can’t pay their water bills.”
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This isn’t the first time we’ve witnessed people showing a lack of knowledge in the resources around them. When we ask people where energy comes from, the number one answer is “the wall.” There’s a lot more that goes into providing energy than simply flipping a switch — even if people can’t see it. This is why our mission at Simple Energy is to give people information about their energy consumption that they can actually understand and engage with. With the right information, presented in a digestible, fun way, customers are empowered to change their behavior, track their progress, receive rewards and become more conscious of the energy they consume every day. In order for people to change their energy consumption, they need to first understand it.
We applaud Denver Water for taking Jay-Z to task for his comment, and for working to make the community aware, and hopefully appreciate, their water consumption through education. Just as Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail album took a lot of time, money, effort and resources to create — the same goes for our electricity and water.
So next time you’re taking a shower and are rocking out to “Picasso Baby” on Spotify, we hope you can appreciate the greatness of more than just the music. And c’mon, Jay-Z, you might have 99 problems but knowing that your utilities aren’t free shouldn’t be one.