Real-time energy feedback for 100 consumers in pilot
We recently rounded up an energy project with housing corporation Sint Joseph Almelo. In this project, 100 inhabitants have used the Aurum Energy app for over a year. The target was set to reduce the in-house energy waste (and therefore drastically reduce costs of living) without lowering comfort levels in the home. The results are now collected: During 2016, the users have brought down their electricity costs by 12% and their gas costs by 13%. This accounts for over €185 gains per person – per year.
On February 1st Aurum and the housing corporation organized a final meeting in the form of an Energy Café with the inhabitants. During this interactive event, we demonstrated the collective results and the inhabitants shared their individual gains. The participants shared their insights with us and their peers. It confirmed Aurums’ belief that the subject of energy can play a central role as a binding factor in neighborhoods.
For initiator Gilbert Wils of Sint Joseph Almelo, sustainability has been an important driver. The Aurum displays provided inhabitants with real-time visuals of their gas and electricity usage. This enabled them to lower their standby power consumption and unnecessary energy consumption.
The aim of this pilot was to find weather real-time energy feedback could reduce energy waste. This case was an important one for the housing corporation. There is a multitude of energy saving measures available that are quite costly, such as insulation and renovation. Energy monitoring provides a relatively simple measure – whereas the projected energy savings are over 10% the first year.
We signed up a 100 curious participants. They all received the Aurum Energy display and used the software for over a year.
During the recent Energy Café the participants enthusiastically shared their experiences and energy-reducing measures. This varied from switching off stand-by appliances to implementing insulation in their home.
For us it was great to have another encounter with a group of enthusiastic participants. We were able to receive valuable feedback on our energy services. As a company, we have learned that communication is a continuous point of improval. Even in the same neigbourhood, all users have different preferences and like to use the energy monitoring in a different way.
According to Wils, increased energy efficiency in homes will continue to be a hot item in the nearby future. Real-time energy monitoring has provided value for the participants and the housing corporation in Almelo, and the expectation is that neighbourhood-level initiatives will play a large role in the current transition.