Earlier this year, Ford announced the MyEnergi Lifestyle initiative, a smart home integration tool that’s built to help the typical American family significantly reduce their electricity bills and CO2 footprint. By linking up smart meters with energy tracking software and smart appliances, MyEnergi allows customers to take advantage of off-peak electricity, which is often cheaper and pulled from renewable sources, explained Ford’s Mike Tinskey.
The whole thing sounds really cool, but seeing is always better than believing, right? Well now, you have the chance to see MyEnergi in action, in your own home! Today marks the start of the national MyEnergi Lifestyle Retrofit contest: a chance to win a Ford C-MAX Energi, new Whirlpool brand appliances, a SunPower solar array and other home products designed to send your home energy efficiency through the roof.
Recent advancements in technology make this the ideal time to demonstrate the benefits of optimizing a family’s energy footprint. Along with 729 gallons of gasoline and 122,000 cubic feet of natural gas, the average home in America uses more than 11,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year; in 1930, the figure was 500 kilowatt-hours. That’s an increase of 2,100 percent.
Ford claims that if every home in the United States were to implement the energy-saving technologies MyEnergi Lifestyle incorporates, it would be the equivalent of taking all the homes in California, New York and Texas – 32 million homes – off the power grid.
Think your home would be the perfect demonstration location for this utility bill-slashing technology? All you have to do is submit an essay of 400 words or less explaining how adding solar power and switching to smart, energy-efficient appliances and a plug-in hybrid vehicle could benefit your family.