The Ashden Awards represent some of the most prestigious prizes for organisations developing sustainable solutions around the world. This year Al Gore will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony which provides a measure for excellence in the field of green energy. Taking place on June 15, 22 impressive organisations have made the shortlist including a number of innovative UK companies.
One of those is Switchee which is helping social landlords reduce costs and fight fuel poverty. Switchee developed a solution to help housing associations tackle their responsibility to provide a healthy and warm place to live for tenants that also offered energy and cost efficiencies.
Switchee’s solution is the first smart thermostat designed specifically for social housing. Without needing wifi, it monitors temperature, humidity, light levels, motion and air pressure to learn when a home needs heating and when it can be allowed to cool down, cutting energy use and carbon emissions by up to 15%.
The data gathered allows social landlords, who can monitor performance remotely, to pinpoint properties that are at risk of mould forming or may have tenants in fuel poverty, enabling them to target insulation upgrades, boiler maintenance and other practical help.
The smart thermostat has huge potential to be replicated across the UK, making significant cost and carbon emission reductions. It’s win-win – residents can cut their energy bills, social housing providers can cut costs in a time of austerity measures, while the ability of Switchee to help detect environments that could lead to mould improves resident health and may reduce maintenance costs.
Switchee is currently working with 12 housing associations and 3 local authorities with more than 750 units sold.