Energy Local wants to make it easier and cheaper to use locally generated electricity.
We have been awarded money to run a trial of the Energy Local ‘Home Hub’ to help you schedule electrical appliance use to the best times of day whilst meeting your needs. This will help you get more out of Energy Local and make life easier.
We would like you to try a Home Hub (free of charge). The Home Hub kit is made up of a small wireless control hub, a SmartPlug and a temperature and humidity monitor.
You will be able to use your Energy Local Dashboard to control the smart plug to help you schedule your appliances and take advantage of low cost locally generated electricity.
To be eligible for the Home Hub please complete this online survey so we can find out a little more about the appliances you use in your home.
More details about the project are below.
What is the project?
Energy Local will ask participants to fill in a survey about their household and look into the possibility of shifting their power use. We are interested to know who may have electric vehicles, electric heating, or other appliances that use large amounts of electricity, but you don’t need to have these to participate.
We will invite participants to discuss the project and how it affects them either in person, drop-in sessions, or workshops.
We will then ask a group to try out the Energy Local ‘Home Hub’. We will need to pay participants a home visit and ensure appliances are suitable for the project. If you have electric heating, we may ask you if we can fit a relay so that you can control your heating too. All these additional controls will be installed free of charge and removed at the end of the project.
We want to find out how easy it is to use the Energy Local Home Hub to schedule appliances and what you can shift to different times of day.
Who can participate?
You need to be a member of an Energy Local Club, have broadband, and be prepared to fill in surveys when requested.
Does this project just help Energy Local Clubs?
No, the project helps you benefit by using electricity on a lower tariff and that means lower bills. It will show how we can better manage our use of power, make more use of renewable energy, and have a more secure electricity system.
For further information please visit our Home Hub page.