Ford recently introduced its MyEnergi Lifestyle project which indicates how integrating plug-in vehicles with renewable energy sources and home appliances can help a family decrease their energy bills as well as reduce their carbon footprint.
Together with SunPower, Eaton, and Whirlpool, the technology is being introduced at this week’s International CES in Vegas.
Partnering with Georgia Institute of Technology researchers, they created a computer model which calculates how much electricity is used in the home of a typical family in one year, and how much savings would be made if they adopted a lifestyle of energy efficiency.
Their results indicate that energy costs would be reduced by about 60% with 55% C02 saved from that one home. To put things into perspective, the savings that would be obtained if all US homes adopted the system would amount to removing all homes in New York, California and Texas from the power grid.
Mike Tinskey, the global director of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure of Ford explained that since more cars are sharing energy with the home, it’s high time the transport and home appliance industries were merged to help cater for sustainability challenges in this ever dynamic world.
The main factors that would drive the MyEnergi Lifestyle would be the introduction of more energy efficient appliances such as hot water heaters which make use of nighttime electricity, using electric vehicles that are able to charging in the lower-priced “off-peak” hours, using a smart, self-programmable thermostat and using solar systems on the roof to generate renewable energy.
Eaton’s Vice President and General Manager, Joanne Edwards stated that home owners need to be given the tools to access how power is distributed to their homes so that they could adapt their behaviours for greater energy efficiency. She stated that, “As innovation in home electrical technology advances, so does the need for safe, reliable and efficient power distribution.”