How IT can give us a Helping Hand
To get the best from Energy Local, we are working to develop IT to give everyone a helping hand. To start with in the Cyd Ynni trial, each household has a webpage where they can see good times to use power and review they are using power half-hour by half-hour and forecast hydro generation. It will show when is a good time to use power. So members of the Energy Local Club can work together, it will also show the total club’s electricity use.
Eventually we would like to provide a home energy hub – a helping hand to schedule appliances around the house and even offer other services in home to make life easier. This isn’t ‘big brother’ the household remains in control. The first protoypes will be ready in the next few months.
We are also working on better communications with Energy Assets to provide near real time readings from the meter without relying on GPRS which is unrealiable in parts of the country.