A lamp in the hallway, a computer on standby, or a phone left on charge all day – energy waste occurs in almost every household in Britain; adding over £110* to unwitting consumers outgoings each year. With most households oblivious to the real cost of standby power consumption, and power-hungry technology devices on the rise, consumers pay energy suppliers a total of over £2.8bn in unnecessary electricity bills annually. (By identifying where electricity is wasted, the Smappee energy monitor can reduce electricity bills by an average of 12 per cent in a four-person household in the UK, which means a saving of a least £110 per year. Source: Consumer Federation; Energy costs for an average household (4 people). In the UK there were last noted to be 25,691,000 households in the Private households by Household Type – Measurement data from the UNECE Statistical Division as accessed on 2 October 2011. A saving of £110 across every UK household is therefore equal to a potential saving value of £2,826,010,000 per annum).
Released earlier this year in the UK, the Smappee energy monitor individually identifies devices and appliances in the home and allows consumers to take immediate action to end unnecessary power consumption. By intelligently measuring in-home energy use, the Smappee energy monitor, together with a free app for smartphones and tablets, provides instant insights on where energy is being consumed – allowing users to take immediate action to reduce energy waste. Smappee even makes it possible to see if you have left something on when out of the home, and turn it off remotely via the Smappee Comfort PlugTM.
Stefan Grosjean, the founder of Smappee said
“The cost of energy waste is an unnecessary burden on British households. Our goal is to reduce power consumption in the UK by helping people to change habits, become more aware of their on-going energy use, and realise sustainable savings. Smappee is the consumer’s energy buddy, measuring, informing, motivating, entertaining and making life easier – always and everywhere. This is not a just a product, but a service. Depending on a user’s consumption pattern, Smappee pays for itself in just over a year and realises cost savings of over £500 across five years. More importantly, you’re helping to achieve a more sustainable world for everyone; lowering the burden on already strained power grids and on the environment.”
The Smappee monitor is easy to install by clamping a single sensor around the main power cable of a household meter. Through this unique single monitoring point, Smappee identifies, measures and sends detailed energy consumption information about the electrical devices in a user’s home. This information is then available anywhere via a simple to use smartphone/tablet app (iOS / Android).
Simple interactive graphs within the Smappee app display energy use and costs per day, month or year, with different appliances and devices in the home automatically identified through the unique ‘interference pattern’ of each item. The performance of solar panels a user may have in their home is also measurable, with the Smappee app showing the contribution these make to a home’s electricity, and how much consumption is therefore covered by solar power.
The information provided by Smappee means users always know exactly what’s going on, can take steps to adjust consumption accordingly, and reduce their energy bills. The app also rewards their energy efficiency with awards which can be shared with family and friends on social media.