Madeleine Cuff, Business Green
Government-back trial means Bristol Energy is now offering households change to buy a 'Heat Plan' tailored to their individual lifestyle.
What if you paid a company not for units of energy, but for keeping the rooms of your house warm when you use them?
That's the idea of a novel new heating service now on offer from energy supplier Bristol Energy, as part of a government-backed trial to explore how smart home technology could cut household energy use and improve customer service.
As part of the trial, the first of its kind in the UK, Bristol Energy customers can sign on to a 'Heat Plan' that sets a home heating schedule hour-by-hour, room-by-room, using a smart heating control system.
The plan will then be tailored to the customers' individual home and lifestyle, Bristol Energy explained.
The introduction of the service follows detailed trials conducted by the government's Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) over the last two years, with participating households fitted out with smart home technologies that are expected to be widely deployed by the mid-2020s. Now Bristol Energy is making the service available to trial participants on a commercial basis.