- 17 of the 29 participating homes lowered their energy usage.
- May saw the highest overall energy savings at 8%.
The goal of the Smart Homes Kick Start Project is to reduce the cost burden of high utility bills and resource waste through weatherization, training, and smart technology in partnership with service providers and innovative companies. By lowering utility bills the Kick Start Project will help people to remain in place and alleviate financial burdens. Through testing smart homes devices and collecting data on savings, the project can help educate residents on how technology can improve quality of life. This has been done through two phases:
- The Duke Energy Neighborhood Energy Savings Program installed basic weatherization and energy and water saving measures in the homes of 70% of the homes in the older neighborhoods of the North End on their own funding mid-2017. As part of our partnership, Duke distributed a survey to homeowners that gave the City critical information about other needs and identifying households that qualify for City programs. Over 45 households were identified in that distributed survey for the City’s Safe Home program as likely eligible for the program and received targeted outreach.
- Duke Energy is partnering with Amazon and Intel to test smart home bundles (HUB: Amazon Echo Dot/Intel Gateway, Smart Plugs (2x), Thermostat, Halo Smoke/Fire Alarm or First Response Smart Fire Alarm based on wiring of home, Amazon Prime, Smart Strip, Light Bulbs, 30-day support with Amazon) for income qualifying neighborhoods. They identified the North End as the location to collaborate with up to 40 interested households. The residents who indicated their interest in this project were invited to select meaningful smart home devices and chart the course on a partnership with Duke Energy.
Key partner RETI (Renewable Energy Transition Initiative) a Charlotte-based nonprofit organization is providing support and training for all the program participants, as well as for the broader community on energy and cost-savings techniques to reduce the energy burden (percentage of income spent on energy) in the area. Households that have agreed to participate will share data on energy savings as well as lessons learned throughout 2018.
The results of the April - June survey are below. Download a PDF version of the impacts.
Ranking of Smart Home Device Satisfaction:
1. Smart Bulbs
3. Smart Plugs
4. Smart Strip
5. Smoke / Fire Detector