Wednesday, 19 August 2009

British Gas home energy management trials

British Gas New Energy (BGNE), the division of Centrica launched to provide low-carbon and energy efficient products and services, and, a smart energy and monitoring solutions company, have announced a collaboration around home energy management.

The two companies plan to trial a home energy management technology which is designed to help customers cut their energy consumption, save money and reduce household carbon emissions.

The energy kit, which is the basis of the service, is connected to the internet and provides an online ability to measure and control individual appliances as well as measuring and managing overall energy usage. Home-owners can view the information and change settings. The system can also automatically optimise consumption, for example by turning off the heating when the house is empty or turning off appliances left on standby.

The first offering to be trialled will be an automated heating control system so that consumers can adjust their home heating at any time from the Web or a mobile phone. So householders can turn on their heating before they get home, or control it when away on holiday. The service could be made available to British Gas customers by the end of 2009.

It's a good opportunity for AlertMe, which secured £8m in Series B funding by investors Good Energies, Index Ventures, SET Venture Partners and VantagePoint Venture Partners in June.

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