The Home Hub - A Helping Hand Around the Home

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 and a SmartPlug. It may also include 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.

Currently, the Home Hub is only available to members of the Energy Local Bethesda Club. However, if the trial is a success, we are hoping for a larger enrolment in the future. We appreciate your help in filling in our survey on household energy demand and shifting below.

 

Are you a member of the Energy Local Bethesda Club?

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.

 

Not a Bethesda Club member?

Please fill in this online survey. We wish to understand how households use electrical energy and to explore whether it is possible for households to modify their demand for energy to use local generation and potentially reduce bills by using a lower TOUT.

 

What is the project?

Energy Local is being funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to run a project on Demand-Side Response to assess where people can shift their energy use.

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.

 

Click here to access the survey for Bethesda Club members.

Click here to access the survey if you are not a member.

 

For further information please visit our Home Hub - Inside the Kit page.

 

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