Hi all, I’m Tom, and I lead our new Labs team at Bulb. We’re exploring new ways of helping our members save money and reduce their carbon emissions, using technologies and approaches we think will become mainstream over the next few years.
I wanted to share the first little project we’ve been working on, and get your feedback! Carbon Bot is a Twitter account to help you use energy at greener times. Follow @bulbcarbonbot to give it a go.
As you know, the amount of renewable energy on the UK grid varies through the day, depending on the weather and how much we’re all using. As it varies, so does the amount of carbon emitted, meaning that some times are greener than others to use electricity.
As a Bulb customer, you’re always buying 100% renewable energy, but we can all help the grid become greener by making smarter decisions about when to use electricity. Carbon Bot is our first go at trying to help people do this.
It use data from the Carbon Intensity API to provide you with information about the greenest time to run things like washing machines and dishwashers, or even when to charge your electric car.
For things where you’re not in a hurry, and you’ve got a timer function, these little adjustments can add up to a lot.
For example, my back of the napkin calculations suggest that if 1000 of us can move just one dishwasher load from a typical 6pm peak to a better time, like 2am, that’s equivalent to a flight from London to Berlin.
We’d love to know what you think, and whether it helps you move any of your electricity use around. All feedback appreciated!