AlertMe to Provide Personal Energy Insight & Efficiency Advice For Millions of British Gas Customers
'Big Data' Innovation to Provide Simple, Personalised Insights to Help Consumers Save Millions on Energy Bills
LONDON, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AlertMe, the Smart Home technology company, today announces that it has secured the contract to provide a Personalised Energy Efficiency Advice Service to British Gas customers in the UK who have new smart meters. The free service is being trialled with up to 10,000 homes during the summer and rolled out widely from the autumn.
British Gas, which is the UK's largest supplier of domestic energy serving 10 million homes and 15.9 million energy accounts, selected the AlertMe solution as a result of a competitive tender process. The partnership will mean that data from smart meters will be translated into valuable, personalised insights for British Gas customers that could help them to save millions on energy bills every year.
Smart meters will be rolled out to all homes in the UK over the next seven years and are designed to provide the utility with up to date home energy consumption and billing information remotely without having to read the meter. For the first time this information will also be used to provide the customer with an easy-to-understand breakdown of their energy use, information on how they compare to other similar households and highly relevant, personalised, actionable recommendations on how to save energy and reduce their bills —information that will prove invaluable with household budgets under pressure.
AlertMe CEO Mary Turner says: "This is a great opportunity to ensure that customers benefit from smart meters above and beyond just getting an accurate bill. We can take the smart meter information, put it in context and make the most relevant recommendations to help customers make simple decisions that can save them a lot of money."
This deal marks AlertMe's first large-scale roll out of 'Big Data' services based on smart meter data to provide energy customers with unprecedented, relevant, personalised and actionable information. It also builds on the companies' ongoing partnership to deliver Energy Saving and Smart Home services to British Gas customers in the UK. British Gas already provides customers with an AlertMe in-home energy display as part of its Energy Smart Tariff and will also be rolling out other services with AlertMe during 2012.
Dean Keeling, Managing Director of British Gas Smart Homes, says: "This is a watershed moment for smart meters in Britain. Households are under financial pressure but personalised energy efficiency advice is another way of using smart meter data to help inform customers so they can take steps to cut their bills."
Founded in 2006, AlertMe is a Smart Home technology company providing home energy management and connected home services both directly to consumers and indirectly through partners such as Energy Utilities, Telecommunications companies and Retailers.
Based on a single cloud-based platform and an AlertMe hub in the home, AlertMe allows consumers to monitor, control and automate a wide range of devices in the home, related to energy consumption, heating & cooling, home monitoring and new energy sources like solar PV, online and via their Smartphone anytime, anywhere. In addition, AlertMe's data services provide consumers with greater insight into their energy use while providing recommendations on how to reduce their consumption or use their energy more efficiently.
AlertMe is venture-backed by Good Energies, Index Ventures, Chrysalix SET Venture Partners, VantagePoint Capital Partners and British Gas.
Visit AlertMe online at www.alertme.com
About British Gas
British Gas is Britain's biggest energy supplier serving around 10 million homes. British Gas is also one of the largest installers of energy efficiency products and last year installed over 400,000 insulation measures in its customers' homes helping them save energy and money. For more information visit www.britishgas.co.uk
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