The home of the future will use a fraction of the energy homes used a decade ago. Extreme Low Energy (or ELe for short) has recently unveiled its innovative efforts to drive the UK’s progress towards ultra low-energy, eco-friendly homes.
Showcasing the potential of ELe’s systems, the company, which recently won the Energy Institute Innovation Award for its forward-thinking low-energy technologies, installed a replica modular home at its new offices in Skelmersdale. The home, built by sustainable building company Simply Modular Ltd, is fully equipped and powered by ELe’s ground-breaking systems.
The company has developed its technology around Ethernet cables powering a whole range of domestic and commercial appliances using DC-power. This approach was identified as being capable of delivering significant energy and carbon savings that can be made by eliminating the AC/DC conversion.
“Our ELe system is designed to be mass produced and easily installed, helping reduce fuel poverty and provide housing associations with data enabling them to monitor the energy performance of their properties and aid in the cost of maintaining them,” notes founder and technical director of ELe, Mark Buchanan. “The tenant benefits from reductions in their electricity bills whilst the housing association benefits in reduced maintenance costs.
Buchanan believes this is a template for the future. We’re “currently discussing the implementation of this technology in planned projects for modular home development across the UK,” he says.
Users of the system can monitor their consumption data which draws attention to current and potential energy savings. In addition, a housing association could analyse whether a dwelling is over occupied or under occupied, for example. It could also measure the humidity and temperature to prevent damp, mould and condensation in a tenants’ home.
Moreover, the system could help carers of vulnerable tenants by monitoring of energy use against data relating to “normal” daily routines. ELe’s technology could be used, therefore, as an advance warning system in case vulnerable tenants have an issue or need help.
All lighting, heating and integrated appliances in the property, which opens onto a combined kitchen and lounge, with a rear double bedroom and en-suite shower room, benefit from ELe’s award-winning systems which can save the user up to 70% in terms of overall energy use. In addition, ELe’s replica modular home uses solar panels which discharge the electricity to a battery storage system.