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Saving energy

Trialling technology to help our members save

We’re starting a trial for members who might need a helping hand lowering their energy bills and carbon emissions. We’ll install free smart thermostats for 2,000 members who live in the West Midlands. We’ll contact all members who are eligible.

A helping hand to lower bills and carbon emissions

Our mission is to help people lower their bills and their carbon emissions. And we want to help as many of our members in vulnerable situations as possible. We help fund energy saving improvement projects in the homes of members in low-income households, as well as those who might find themselves in a vulnerable situation, through the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. So far, we’ve installed measures that will reduce household bills by £105 million over the next 25 years, saving 335,000 tonnes of CO2. For the first time, we’re installing smart thermostats in our members’ homes. We’ll start with a trial, to see if this can help our members save money.

Using your Nest thermostat 

A Google Nest thermostat
The Nest Leaf shows you when you reach an energy-efficient temperature.

The Google Nest Thermostat E is designed with proven energy-saving features. There's nothing to programme – it's all set with a simple schedule that's easy to adjust. It turns itself down when there’s no one in the house. And it's easy to control by changing the temperature with the Nest app. It helps save energy by showing the Nest Leaf on the screen when the thermostat is adjusted to an energy-efficient temperature. Over time, it becomes harder to earn a Leaf, which encourages people to save even more energy.

Smart energy technology will help us reach net zero

To get to net zero we’ll need to change the way we heat our homes. We provide our members with 100% renewable electricity and 100% carbon neutral gas, which helps them reduce their carbon footprint by around 3.2 tonnes on average. And we’re building smart technology, like products to make charging an electric car simple, or better home battery technology. But small changes can also make a big difference. We don’t think anyone should be left behind in the race to net zero, so we’re trialling installing smart thermostats for free.

We’re starting with homes in the West Midlands

Illustration of a friendly Bulb engineer visiting a member's home.

We wanted to test the scheme first in one area, so we’ll install smart thermostats in 2,000 homes in the West Midlands first. If it’s successful, we’re hoping to install 30,000 in homes all around the UK.

We’re working with a company called AgilityEco, who are helping us manage the programme, as well as with MyEcoHome, who’ll be managing the installations. We have strict health and safety procedures in place, to keep our members and contractors safe during the pandemic.

We’ll contact all members who are eligible to arrange an installation.