A year after Ford introduced its MyEnergi Lifestyle, the carmaker is launching its next iteration, the MyEnergi Lifestyle 2.0. While the original version of the MyEnergi Lifestyle has shown how energy-efficient living could help save money on appliances and fuel, the 2.0 iteration is intended to show that more money could be saved by storing energy.
A collaboration between Ford, Eaton, Infineon, SunPower and Whirlpool, the MyEnergi Lifestyle program saw the retrofitting of two homes with energy-efficient appliances, solar panels, and a Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicle. It aimed to show that a typical American family could dramatically lower its electricity costs while limiting its environmental impact.
On the other hand, MyEnergi Lifestyle 2.0 – as announced at the 2014 International CES – would go beyond employing home renewables, smart appliances and smart charging. MyEnergi Lifestyle 2.0 would integrate additional tools that would allow homes to store energy harvested from solar panels. This way, customers are given more ways to optimize their energy usage. Likewise, customers are provided with more ways to tap power for home operations even during outages. To this end, Ford is demonstrating an energy storage system from Sharp at the 2014 CES.
Mike Tinskey, Ford global director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure, remarked that the initial year of the MyEnergi Lifestyle program showed that homeowners could save money and cut their carbon footprint through adoption of certain energy usage habits. This program is now being advanced to include battery storage for smarter energy consumption. The MyEnergi Lifestyle model predicted around 60 percent savings in monthly energy bills and around 55 percent savings in carbon dioxide emissions.
One of the recipients of the 2013 MyEnergi Lifestyle program was Susan Berry and her family, of Southern California. Berry earned this opportunity through the Mother’s Day special of the Katie Couric Show, where she was part of the studio audience. The Katie Couric Show surprised Berry with a MyEnergi Lifestyle home retrofit that entails the inclusion of energy-efficient appliances, solar panels and a Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicle.
The savings experienced by the Berry family included over $1,200 in annual fuel costs with the Ford C-MAX Energi. The savings also included over $300 annually from the Berry’s new solar panel system, which offsets more than 70 percent of the energy consumed in their home. The family also saw a reduction of over 25 percent in energy costs and carbon dioxide, thanks to their new energy-efficient Whirlpool refrigerator
A second family was also selected to be a recipient of the MyEnergi Lifestyle home retrofit-- Ben and Lindsay Sattler of Colorado. The Sattler family was the winner of a nationwide contest launched by Ford and the MyEnergi Lifestyle collaboration program. The family had their home retrofitted in December, and even set aside their Toyota Corolla for a Ford C-MAX Energi.
For the Sattler family, the savings included over $1,200 in annual fuel costs with their C-MAX Energi. The family is also expected to post $95 in additional annual saving by charging their C-MAX Energi during off-peak hours. The family also expects annual savings of $135 with their new energy-efficient Whirlpool freezer. In addition, the Sattler family expects additional efficiencies as soon as their solar panel system becomes operational.