Bristol City Council has won the community engagement award at the Smart Cities UK Awards for its work in getting 152 households to try energy-saving appliances such as smart washing machines, dishwashers, and tumble dryers.
As part of the EU-funded REPLICATE project, the internet-connected appliances were installed in Ashley, Easton, and Lawrence Hill. The overall aim of the project was to save households money and reduce fuel poverty and carbon emissions in the city.
The project also provides data to Bristol’s two universities to inform energy use and potential savings in the home.
"It’s exciting that for the first time we can look at how households could save money on their electrical usage by using energy at times when demand is low," says Councillor Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor of Bristol.
"We also hope that this project will help to develop a model for how other cities in the UK and Europe can engage individuals and their communities with smart energy and technology."