Ford Motor Company took the stage at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to announce a strategic collaboration that will demonstrate how people can achieve an energy-efficient lifestyle, significantly reduce their electricity bills, and reduce their CO2 footprint by integrating home appliance technology with a plug-in vehicle.
The Ford-led MyEnergi Lifestyle collaboration includes Eaton, SunPower and Whirlpool. Additional featured companies include semiconductor provider Infineon and Nest Labs, with its latest learning thermostat represented in the research and implementation phase of the collaboration.
Specifically, MyEnergi Lifestyle showcases how combining renewable energy generation with “time-flexible” loads optimizes energy consumption across a plug-in vehicle and home appliances.
Ford says it worked with its business associates and with researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology to create a computer model that calculates the electricity usage of a typical single family in their home for one year.
They then calculated the associated savings with moving to an energy-efficient lifestyle.
The cumulative results predict a 60 percent reduction in energy costs and more than 9,000 kg of CO2 (55 percent reduction) saved from a single home.
According to the partners, if every home in the U.S. were to implement these energy-saving technologies, it would be the equivalent of taking all the homes in California, New York and Texas off the power grid (32 million homes).
To create a real-world example of how attainable, affordable and convenient a sustainable lifestyle can be, MyEnergi Lifestyle collaborators also announced plans to award a typical American family with delivery and installation of energy-saving products from each company, along with other leading energy-efficient products.
All contest and promotion details will be announced soon.
“More than ever, cars are sharing the same energy source as the home,” says Mike Tinskey, global director of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, Ford Motor Company. “The time is right for the home appliance and transportation sectors to converge if we are going to tackle a myriad of sustainability challenges in a rapidly changing world.”
According to Ford, the key factors driving the MyEnergi Lifestyle experiment include:
• Electric vehicles, like the all-new Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, are more efficient and can charge during the low-cost electricity hours;
• Appliance efficiency has improved dramatically over the past decade;
• Hot water heaters are more efficient and use nighttime electricity;
• Connected appliances can use less energy during peak periods;
• The Nest Learning Thermostat programs itself and automatically saves energy when a homeowner is away;
• Efficient, reliable and affordable rooftop solar systems enable families to generate renewable energy and save money on utility bills;
• Connected devices enable smarter use of energy.