Are you keen to reduce your energy use?
Could you help others do the same?
You could be one of the homes in Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill to receive an energy-saving appliance for free, as part of a new research project exploring how we use technology and energy at home!
Smart Homes is a programme of activity within the REPLICATE Project – a five-year research initiative that is exploring how we could use new technologies to save energy and money, travel in more environmentally-friendly ways, and tackle local challenges.
As part of the REPLICATE Project, Bristol City Council is offering households* a limited number of ‘smart’ washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers which can be controlled remotely via a mobile phone app: for example, you could switch the appliances on at a time of day when demand for energy is lower.
To register your interest and find out if you could try one of the appliances, please fill in the interest form at www.connectingbristol.co.uk/replicate or call 0117 352 1180.
If your home is eligible to take part in the research, the Smart Homes team will install the appliance(s) for you and explain how everything works.
Households will be able to keep the appliances after the research period is over too. If reducing energy and our impact on the environment is a particular passion of yours, you could also become a Smart Homes Energy Champion!
The REPLICATE Project is working with Bristol Energy Network to train and support a group of Energy Champions who are keen to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with others in order to help them save electricity and gas.
As a Smart Homes Energy Champion you could get involved in activities ranging from demonstrating new technologies (such as the smart appliances) and ‘draught busting’ to learning how to construct solar panels and providing advice to others about how to make their homes energy efficient. You might also be able to try the smart appliances yourself!
Find out more about becoming an Energy Champion by calling 0117 352 1180. Over the next few months there will be lots of activities happening relating to Smart Homes – keep an eye on www.connectingbristol.co.uk/replicate and local press for more information.
* In order to be eligible to test the energy-saving washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers you must live in the Bristol City Council wards of Ashley, Easton or Lawrence Hill.