How your home - and your car - can cut your energy bills

Posted 08/07/2019 by E.ON

 Energy consumers do more than just consume. Nowadays we can use our homes to produce our own energy and to then store it, becoming greener and also cutting our bills in the process.

The flow of energy used to be entirely one-way; generated in large, distant power stations then transported through the power lines to our homes.

But homes across the country are now generating their own clean, green electricity, most often via solar panels on their roofs. Electricity generated in this way can be used by households to meet their own immediate needs, and what they don't need can be fed back into the grid for others to use. In March, we launched our first of its kind Solar Reward for new solar customers, paying them for the power they export back to the grid.

And a range of new technologies and smart systems such as smart meters, batteries, energy management systems, blockchain and the Internet of Things mean that, in future, we'll have even more control of our energy, how it's produced and how it's consumed.

EV charging at home

As we increasingly become a nation of electric vehicle drivers, you can even use your solar panels to charge your electric car, if not during the day then overnight by using battery storage technology.

Our home charger is up to 2.5 times faster than charging from a standard household plug and allows you to top up your car's battery at home so you don't have to use public charging points as often. And you may even be able to cut the cost of installation thanks to a £500 grant from the Government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) – which we can take the hassle out of by applying on your behalf.

Give something back

And just as electricity no longer flows only one way from the power station to your home, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a one-way flow from your home to your car.
When it's sitting on your drive, your electric car is fundamentally a battery on wheels and through a smart process known as vehicle-to-grid charging (V2G), it - and eventually thousands of other plugged in vehicles - can feed power back into your home, business or onto the grid when demand is high.

This allows power generators to avoid using carbon intensive power plants that exist purely to cover peaks in demand. As an added bonus, if your car is used for V2G, you'll get paid for it, making it even cheaper to run.

 

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