One year on, Ford Motor Company’s MyEnergi Lifestyle is showing how homeowners can save money on appliances and fuel through energy-efficient living.
Ford is now launching MyEnergi Lifestyle 2.0 in order to raise the savings by helping homeowners store their own energy.
MyEnergi Lifestyle is a collaboration between Ford Motor Company and Eaton, Infineon, SunPower and Whirlpool. The team retrofitted the homes of two families with energy-efficient appliances and solar panels, as well as a Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicle. Ford said the program set out to demonstrate how a typical American family can significantly lower its electricity costs while limiting its impact on the environment.
In addition to using home renewables, smart charging and smart appliances, Ford announced at the 2014 International CES that MyEnergi Lifestyle 2.0 will demonstrate the benefits of integrating additional tools, such as the ability to store energy within the home after it is captured by solar panels. With these additions to the original MyEnergi, customers will have more ways to optimize their energy use, and power they can tap to keep their homes running during outages.
Ford is demonstrating an energy storage system from Sharp at CES as an example of what consumers can use.
“The first year of the MyEnergi Lifestyle program showed us homeowners can save money and reduce their carbon footprint by adopting certain energy usage habits,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford global director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure. “We’re excited about advancing the program further to include battery storage for even smarter energy consumption.”
The 2013 MyEnergi Lifestyle participants and where they are now.
Susan Berry, of Southern California, won her place in the MyEnergi Lifestyle program during a Katie Couric Show Mother’s Day special. The show surprised Berry, who was in the studio audience, with a MyEnergi Lifestyle home retrofit that included energy-efficient appliances, solar panels and a Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicle.
The other winners were Ben and Lindsay Sattler of Colorado. Their home was retrofitted in December, and the Sattlers turned in the keys to their Toyota Corolla in favor of a fuel-efficient Ford C-MAX Energi.
For said the MyEnergi Lifestyle model predicted 60 percent savings in monthly energy bills and 55 percent savings in CO2 emissions. Ford said examples of efficiencies include:
For the Berry family:
- More than $1,200 saved in annual fuel costs with their C-MAX Energi;
- Expect to save more than $300 annually from their new solar panel system; the system offsets more than 70 percent of the energy used in their home;
- More than 25 percent reduction in energy costs and CO2 due to the installation of their new energy-efficient Whirlpool refrigerator.
For the Sattler family:
- More than $1,200 saved in annual fuel costs with their C-MAX Energi; expect to save an additional $95 per year by charging their C-MAX Energi during off-peak hours;
- Expect to save $135 per year with their new energy-efficient Whirlpool freezer;
- The Sattlers expect increased efficiencies once their solar panel system is activated.