WE HAVE NOW REACHED OUR LIMITED NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS, PLEASE EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST ONLY IF YOU WANT TO UPGRADE YOUR HOME WITH ENERGY RETROFIT MEASURES.
Bristol City Council is offering energy-saving washing machines, dishwashers and tumble-dryers to householders in the Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill areas of the city. These high-tech devices can be controlled remotely by you and will go a long way towards reducing your energy bills. We’re offering them for FREE for households who take part in a new research project. We’ll even install them and show you how they work. As this is a grant-funded pilot scheme, we have a limited supply, so this will be a ‘first come first served’ offer for eligible residents.
Find out how much money and energy you could save when upgrading your washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher to the appliances being offered by the REPLICATE project with our Energy Savings Calculator.
This is the first part of a two phase project to make homes more energy efficient. Following on from the offer of a free smart appliance we’ll be offering a range of more traditional energy saving measures for your home including loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, new boilers and solar PV. Grant funding will be available to help you cover the cost and some of these will even be available as fully funded installations. Phase 2 will be available later on in the year. If you’re interested, let us know by completing the registration form so that our team can be in touch as soon as this offer becomes available.
How do the Smart Homes work?
By scheduling your appliances to come on when home energy demand is not at its greatest (e.g. when everyone gets home from work and switches the kettle on), you will be helping to reduce this peak demand which in the future could cause blackouts. A smart washing machine that is connected to the internet could save money, energy as well as offering greater controllability and new features. For instance, you could instruct the washing machine to finish washing your clothes by 5pm and it’ll switch on at times when demand is low (and energy is cheapest).
When will it be available:
From February 2018.
Where will it be available:
150 households in Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill.
When am I not eligible?:
- If you currently have an A+, A++ or A+++ rated appliance (we won’t save you enough energy by switching these).
- If you do not have the permission of the homeowner to install the equipment.
- If you plan to move house within the project lifetime (until January 2021).
- If you do not currently have the appliance which you would like to upgrade e.g. if you don’t already have a tumble dryer, we would not be able to install a new one.
- If your home is deemed electrically unsafe by our installers.
- If you do not have a standard dimension appliance (to fit 60cm wide x 90cm high space).
Opportunities to get involved:
Our Community Engagement Group made up of local organisations will be running an awareness campaign within the area; running events and door to door enquiries to let you know how you could be involved. Alternatively, just register your interest on the Expression of Interest form and our team will be in touch with you.
Smart Homes Energy Champion
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 or e-mailing Replicate@BristolEnergyNetwork.org.