Ford Motor Co. is unveiling an update of its MyEnergi Lifestyle that has been demonstrating how people can save money on appliances and fuel through energy-efficient living. The update -- MyEnergi Lifestyle 2.0 – seeks to further raise the savings by helping homeowners store their own energy.
MyEnergi Lifestyle – which is a collaboration between Ford, Eaton, Infineon, SunPower and Whirlpool -- retrofitted the homes of two families with energy-efficient appliances and solar panels and a Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicle. The program is aimed at demonstrating how a typical American family can substantially lower electricity costs while limiting its effect on the environment.
MyEnergi Lifestyle 2.0 will demonstrate how the integration of additional tools – like the ability to store energy within the home once captured by solar panels -- would bring benefits. Customers will be able to gain more ways to optimize their energy use and tap enough power during outages. At the CES 2014, Ford is demonstrating an energy storage system from Sharp 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.” [source: Ford]