We’re launching Power Move – helping our customers reduce demand on the energy grid and save up to £100 each this winter
06 October 2022 | OVO
As you’ve probably seen in the news, the energy sector is at a crucial point, and we need a resilient grid to get us through this winter. So, to help play our part for both our customers and the wider National Grid effort, we’re launching Power Move – an innovative new trial that will help our customers to cut usage during peak times and save money on their energy bills.
How does it work?
We have analysed customer data to determine that between 4pm - 7pm is when demand on the energy grid is highest. (Did you know that the average household uses 19% of their daily total usage during these hours?) At these times of peak demand, there’s less renewable energy to go round, and so dirtier carbon-heavy power fills the gap.
Running from 1st November 2022 - 31st March 2023, the trial rewards our customers for moving non-essential energy use to times when the grid is greener and less congested. We’re looking for participants to cut their average consumption during the peak hours to less than 12.5%.
For the average household, that could be the equivalent of moving three loads of washing per week from peak time to a greener time of day. £20 will be rewarded for each month that this is achieved on average, so there’s the potential to pocket £100 over the course of the trial.
How will this help the energy system?
Since we were founded in 2009, we’ve strived to harness the latest in innovation and technology to provide our customers with industry leading carbon cutting products. This trial will provide essential consumer data which can be shared with the Government and the National Grid to prevent power shortages and help us to develop tools for our customers that support a cleaner energy system and a lighter bill. It will also give our customers a deeper insight into their energy consumption habits, with great potential cost savings and the opportunity to break a carbon heavy routine.
Recently, we conducted some research in partnership with energy gurus Energy Systems Catapult which concluded that energy suppliers must radically rethink their approach to customers, making the effects of fossil fuels on the environment more tangible and home energy efficiency a priority, so that’s exactly what we’re trying to do!
Can I take part?
We will contact customers who fit the criteria from mid October. Keep an eye on your emails, as it could be you!