Smart Energy Home

Our Smart Energy Home

PowerNet wants to know more about smart energy technologies that mean improved energy efficiencies and savings for our customers.

That’s why we’ve equipped a standard two-bedroom home in Invercargill with smart energy technologies. Technologies that include solar panels, battery storage, energy smart appliances, heat pump powered hot water and space heating, and an electric vehicle with a home-charging station. Partnering with a family who want to live in our smart energy house, we’re going to continue to learn more about the everyday use of these technologies, their efficiencies and benefits. We want to understand how the family adapts to using these technologies and how their energy use changes. Our innovative Smart Energy Home project is an important step in understanding future energy use trends and their impact

We will continue to gather data that’ll show us patterns in how individual technologies perform and interact. This information will help us plan the best way to manage the south’s electricity assets in the future.

Our Smart Energy Home at 245 Racecourse Road, Invercargill.

Smart Energy Home Features

Our smart energy home is equipped with some key technologies that aim to make living more energy efficient, including:

  • Solar generation from PV panels and an inverter – Using the sun’s energy, solar panels offer a renewable, green source of energy that can be used to power your home.
  • Battery storage – The ability to store electrical energy in a battery means power can be conveniently drawn from the grid when electricity prices are lower without having to change when you use your electricity. If you have solar generation installed you can charge up your battery while the sun shines and then continue using solar energy after the sun goes down.
  • Hot water powered by a heat pump – This can be two to three times more efficient than using conventional electric resistance water heaters. Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. They operate like a refrigerator in reverse.
  • Electric vehicleThese reduce the environmental footprint because an electric vehicle (EV) uses New Zealand’s mostly renewable electricity resource. EVs cost less to run and are quiet to travel in, offering great acceleration and a smooth ride.
  • Electric vehicle charging station – An onsite electric vehicle charging station offers convenience and saves time, as charging can be done at home.

The home also features insulation, LED lighting and heat pumps for space heating. A monitoring and display telemetry system is also installed. This technology will allow us to monitor electricity used by each of the key technologies and gather data that helps us to better understand their contribution to energy efficiencies.

The key goal is to better understand customer perspectives and management of electricity usage and savings.

Find out more about our current tenants here.