E.ON partners with GreenWave Reality to develop ‘Smart Homes’, Starting in Milton Keynes


Monday 8th October 2012

• Innovative technology allows households to monitor and control electrical appliances while on the go
• Participants can view their electricity and gas use in real-time through a web browser, tablet and smartphone app

One of the UK’s leading energy suppliers, E.ON, has today (MONDAY) announced it has completed the first 12 months of a partnership with GreenWave Reality to offer residents the opportunity to stop wasting energy, improve their comfort, and even live a more convenient life while reducing their carbon footprint.

Developed with GreenWave Reality, the global smart home innovator, E.ON’s technology solution allows E.ON customers to measure individual electrical appliance usage through smart plugs, meaning participants can easily monitor and control the energy use of their TV, PC, washing machine or fridge.

Over the last 12 months, E.ON has been trialling the Smart Home technology in 75 homes in the Thinking Energy project in Milton Keynes. Through partnership with Milton Keynes Council and National Energy Foundation (NEF), the insights and data collected have provided an insight into households’ behaviour towards energy. At the mid-point in the two year trial, over three-quarters of people have changed the way they use energy in their homes, some saving up to £200 off their annual electricity bill.

Chris Rimmer, Programme Manager for E.ON Thinking Energy, said: “Our innovative partnership with GreenWave Reality is helping us understand how consumers can manage their lives through smart home technology that is simple and easy to use.

“We’ve been really excited about the feedback and insights received from the Milton Keynes trial about the solution we have developed with our partners.”

The groundbreaking technology works for both gas and electricity via E.ON smart meters and provides a wide range of interactive tools and tips on energy use. Presenting minute-by-minute visibility in their energy use, the trial households are able to securely view the data via a web browser, tablet and smartphone app.

Benefitting from an engaging online portal interface which is visually appealing and easy to understand, Milton Keynes participants can customise their settings to suit everyday behaviours and report that they are benefiting from the following:

• Informed decisions – understand the financial cost of using individual electrical appliances and unravel energy myths – as an example, the cost of a typical washing machine cycle works out on average to be approximately 13p per wash, cheaper than the cost of washing tablets
• Seeing is believing – people can reduce energy wastage and save money as they’re able to see how much energy is being wasted – participants are able to locate secret energy guzzlers such as leaving PCs on standby, set-top TV boxes, underfloor heating and Hi-Fi amps
• Control – participants can schedule groups of selected devices to go on or off to suit their lifestyles, including home, away and night smart controls
• Personalise – households can create their own activity groups to suit their needs, examples have included ‘homework hour’ where parents can turn off games consoles remotely and get their children focused on their school assignments
• Budget – online Energy Coach to help set goals and monthly budgeting which is tracked by the system to enable customers to see if they’re going over and above their desired usage
• Learn – the Energy Coach rewards users for their progress and accomplishments by way of an Energy Passport that tracks their achievements and allows users to share their success over social networks such as Facebook and Twitter

To further educate consumers on energy conservation in a fun and engaging manner, E.ON has developed an Interactive Home that consumers can access online and learn of many energy saving opportunities already existing in their own homes. By visiting this virtual home, users can examine the interior and exteriors of a typical home, enter different rooms and click on various devices to uncover valuable energy saving information that helps to reduce consumption in an entertaining way.

In the near future, the solution will be extended to include Smart Thermostats which integrate seamlessly into the E.ON platform. The Smart Thermostats can be controlled via the same intuitive interfaces running via the browser and smartphone app, allowing people to remotely control temperatures throughout the home. Solar PV, Smart appliances, Electric Vehicles and Connected Lighting are also being explored.

Chris Rimmer, E.ON, continued: “The GreenWave Reality platform is a great fit to meet E.ON’s objectives .We’re focused on deepening our understanding of the future of energy use in the home and by collaborating with innovative partners such as GreenWave Reality, we’re excited to pioneer these sorts of experiences with our customers.”

Greg Memo, CEO, GreenWave Reality, said: “GreenWave Reality is excited about our partnership with E.ON. They are a visionary partner with whom we are delivering a breakthrough solution that enables their customers to reduce energy consumption and improve their lifestyles.”

For more information, please visit www.eon-thinkingenergy.co.uk.

About E.ON:
• If you’d like to speak to an E.ON or GreenWave Reality spokesperson, or visit a home running the system, please contact the media contact details below
• E.ON is one of the UK’s leading power and gas companies – generating electricity, retailing power and gas, developing gas storage and undertaking gas and oil exploration and production. It is part of the E.ON group, one of the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas companies. E.ON employs around 12,000 people in the UK and more than 79,000 worldwide;
• In the UK, E.ON supplies power and gas to around five million domestic, small and medium-sized enterprise and industrial customers – meaning the company has to buy approximately 122.7 billion kWh of power and gas each year to meet their needs. E.ON also offers innovative energy services and technologies tailored to meet its customers’ needs, and is helping customers become energy fit by encouraging them to insulate their homes, moderate their energy usage and even generate their own power;
• E.ON’s Reset Review continues to identify and discuss changes with customers through its 28,000-strong YourSay panel, its independent Customer Council comprising business leader Allan Leighton, ex-MP and Select Committee chair Paddy Tipping and E.ON Customer Service Advisor Joanne Sheridan, its 1,000-strong MySay employee panel and through discussions with consumer advocacy groups such as Which? and Consumer Focus. Changes made to date include: Helping customers control their bills: Fair prices, simple products, transparent profits, A fairer way of paying: Providing stability to help households budget, Improving customer service: Consistency, easier contact, the confidence to complain;
• E.ON’s generation portfolio includes world-class gas-, coal- and oil-fired power stations. E.ON is a market leader in combined heat and power (CHP), and is one of the UK’s leading green generators with 20 wind farms and the UK’s first wave power generator, with another 1,500MW of renewable capacity under development;
• One of the many ways E.ON leads the energy industry is through its commitment to market liquidity and transparency as evidenced by its actions on the day-ahead UK power markets including the N2EX auction. E.ON was the first company to sign a gross-bidding agreement with N2EX and leads the market with a volume equivalent to some 60% of E.ON UK’s generation activity being traded so far this year.

About GreenWave Reality:
• GreenWave Reality is a global innovator in the Smart Home Services market that includes Energy Management, Connected Lighting, and Home Monitoring services
• The award-winning GreenWave Reality solution delivers a breakthrough consumer experience, making it easy to conserve energy, save money and enhance lifestyles.
• The Smart Home monitoring and control platform is highly-secure and scalable, allowing utilities and service providers to confidently provide these capabilities to a large number of customers.
• GreenWave Reality’s funding is led by Craton Equity Partners, a Los Angeles-based cleantech fund, and has also received support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). GreenWave Reality has offices worldwide including Irvine, Copenhagen, and Singapore.

For more information contact:
Jag Kahlon on 02476 181 308 or [email protected]
Paul McCormick on 0207 009 3107 or [email protected]