The MyEnergi Lifestyle program introduced by Ford and a group of partners this time last year is starting to show savings, with more savings potentially to come with the latest addition of a battery energy storage component to the initiative, the company has reported.
MyEnergi Lifestyle, which includes collaborators Eaton, Infineon, SunPower and Whirlpool, is aimed to demonstrate how integrating smart home appliances, plug-in vehicles and solar energy can lead to reductions in energy use and CO2 footprint.
Modelling by Georgia Institute of Technology projects that moving to an energy efficient lifestyle, the typical single family can achieve up to 60% reduction in energy costs and 55% reduction in CO2 emissions over a year.
Currently two families are trialing My Energi Lifestyle – one since July and the other since December – with both having home retrofits including energy efficient appliances, solar panels and a Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.
Both families claim more than $1,200 saving in annual fuel costs with the C-MAX Energi, with one of the families expecting to save an additional $95 per year by charging their EV during off-peak hours. One of the families records a more than 25% reduction in energy costs and CO2 due to the installation of a new energy efficient Whirlpool refrigerator, and the other anticipates $135 saving annually with a new energy efficient Whirlpool freezer. Both families also anticipate increased savings from their solar panel systems.
The program is now to be taken forward as MyEnergi Lifestyle 2.0, which was announced at CES 2014 to demonstrate the benefits of integrating additional tools, such as the storage of energy generated by the solar panels.
“The first year of the MyEnergi Lifestyle program showed us homeowners can save money and reduce their carbon footprint by adopting certain energy usage habits,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford global director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure. “We’re excited about advancing the program further to include battery storage for even smarter energy consumption.”