Project ‘1000 smart households’ to be launched

1000 slimme huishoudens logoThe municipality of Groningen has, together with the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Enexis, Target Holding and 5 housing corporations, set up an innovation project based around smart meters. The aim of the project is to help a thousand households save as much energy as possible by influencing consumer behaviour. Three local companies,EnerGQ, Metsens and iNRG/Get There, will develop, as part of the project, applications to reduce the energy consumption of the residents. Researchers and students of the Hanze UAS will conduct research at these households to compare the results of the different applications.

At the start of the project forty selected households will receive a smart application and a smart meter. Thirty households will receive both a smart meter and an application (‘experimental group’) and ten households will only receive a smart meter (‘control group’). The three participating companies aim to make energy consumption visible using different applications and by doing so influence behaviour of the participants. Research shows that changes in behaviour can lead to  savings of up to 30% . Students and researchers of the Hanze UAS will test the applied technology for effectiveness and user friendliness by doing measurements, surveys and interviews.

The municipality of Groningen took the initiative in 2011 for the project ‘1000 smart households. ’ The drive for this is the ambition to become CO2 neutral in 2035. Energy saving can make a significant contribution to this ambition. In addition, stimulating the knowledge economy  – and so creating jobs in the city- is one of the focal points of the current economic policy (G-kracht) as well of the ‘Groningen Accord’. The knowledge project ‘1000 smart households’ is being implemented by a coalition from the Hanze UAS, companies, housing corporations and knowledge institutes. The Municipality of Groningen is making this project possible with a contribution of €111.000 from the co-financing fund.

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