E.ON is collaborating with Berkeley Homes, one of the UK's best-known property developers, to pilot the Future Energy Home, trialling the integration of the latest smart home technologies at Berkeley’s Kidbrooke Village development in London.
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The research initiative will seek better understanding of how to help homeowners live a lower cost, less carbon-reliant lifestyle. The joint project reflects both organisations’ awareness of the need to help consumers make energy efficiency the norm rather than something else they have to think about in their already busy lives.
Reducing carbon consumption is a strategic priority for both companies. E.ON’s aim is to create a better tomorrow for everyone; making energy simpler, smarter and more sustainable. Berkeley already operates as a carbon positive company and is committed to enabling all its homes to be at net zero carbon by 2030. This pilot study is part of realising these objectives.
The project is the first of its kind to demonstrate innovative energy devices working seamlessly through a single, tablet-based dashboard. Together, they will give consumers practical control over their energy use and the ability to power their own homes.
The Future Energy Home allows residents to generate and store electricity in a battery, helping to cut bills, to make use of in-built renewable sources such as self-generated green energy to charge electric vehicles, and to relieve pressure on the power grid at times of high demand.
The aim is to work with homeowners to understand how they engage with this connected technology. Once complete, the research will inform how smart home solutions are delivered in a way that consumers find simple and convenient, to enhance their lifestyles while also saving them money and reducing their carbon footprint.
“Across the UK we’ve made great strides in developing new and lower carbon energy sources, the next challenge is in housing and transport; improving the homes we live in now and in the future and decarbonising transport by promoting the convenience and capability of electric vehicles” said Michael Lewis, E.ON UK Chief Executive. “The new energy world is decentralised, green, and interconnected but sustainability is about more than technology, it is most importantly about creating something that fits with people’s lives. Our work with Berkeley on the Future Energy Home is about making sure homes are smart and lower carbon but also convenient and manageable when it comes to managing our busy lives.”
Frank Meyer, SVP Global B2C Solutions, E-Mobility & Innovation at E.ON, added that making it easy for customers to create their own ‘future energy home’ which is right for their lifestyles is at the heart of E.ON’s global customer solution vision.