The future of energy efficiency
We explore future technology that is transforming how you can manage and save energy around the home.
The dialogue between humans and machines is becoming ever more sophisticated. They call it the “Internet of Things,” but you might simply call it progress. It allows connected machines to talk not only to us, but to each other.
These machines collect real-time data to efficiently complete tasks around the home. From turning off lights when you’re not in the room, to helping moderate your energy use, tech devices like the Sensibo Sky allow people to automate household tasks and, in turn, create much needed headspace for the important things in life.
Saving with Sensibo
Brisbane local Hayden Murray is one of the many customers to try Sensibo Sky, which aims to reduce energy use and help people save more energy during peak times when electricity is in high demand. Think of a hot summer afternoon. Home from work for the day, people crank up the air con, flick on lights, turn on TVs, open fridges and switch on ovens. All this activity puts pressure on the electricity grid.
After spending more time at home, Hayden’s been able to manage his energy with the touch of a button and optimise the temperature in his home when, and from where, it suits him.
“I joined the AGL Peak Energy Rewards program towards the end of December 2020. It was extremely easy to set up and I love the fact I no longer need the remote to turn on or adjust the AC”, says Hayden.
How does it work?
Our Peak Energy Rewards program works by offering customers the option to use less than their typical electricity usage over a two-hour ‘peak event’, and in turn be rewarded with credits on their AGL electricity account.
When the Sensibo app is downloaded, customers are asked to opt in to allow their split system air conditioner to be managed remotely by AGL’s energy experts at particular times. During these ‘peak events’ our energy experts adjust the fan speed or increase the temperature slightly to make it easier for people to save money and draw less electricity from the grid.
At the end of the peak event, AGL remotely resets air conditioners back to their pre-peak event settings. Customers are always in control of their comfort and can override the changes at any time (although this may mean that they are not entitled to bill credits for that peak event).
Christine Corbett, AGL’s Chief Customer Officer, is thrilled to see this trial take off and successfully help customers reduce their energy use by an average of 30% during peak periods.
“We see orchestration initiatives like this providing mutual benefits to AGL and our customers, as technology and the energy grid continues to evolve”, says Christine.
The connected home of the future
One of the key benefits of smart home technology is helping customers monitor energy consumption and utilise a host of products that can help reduce energy use.
Smart lighting can be turned on and off from your phone or can automatically turn off when you’re not in the room.
Heating and cooling systems can activate automatically based on temperature , or be controlled remotely so you can turn them on or off while you’re away from home.
Washing machines, dryers, fridges, freezers, cookers, microwaves and dishwashers can be connected so you can turn them on remotely at off-peak times, even if you’re not at home. The possibilities are immense.
Hayden hopes that, in the future, other people utilise smart home devices across Australia so they can realise the benefits of reducing their energy use without compromising lifestyle.
“In the future I hope to see more smart home devices in households that show real time energy usage and tips on how to reduce usage. I believe a lot of people could benefit from adopting this technology across Australia,” says Hayden.
More than just energy
These days customers are more involved in their decision-making around how they buy and consume energy. Lowering bills is one thing, but the bigger impact on a sustainable future plays a key role as well.
An environmentally conscious energy approach also aligns with Hayden’s plans for the way he uses his energy. He believes more people should consider the impact on the environment and supporting the grid when making decisions.
“Energy savings can be something we all do to play our part in a more sustainable future. With a few simple habit changes, not only can the financial benefits add up over a year, but the positive effects on the environment can as well”, says Hayden.