Thursday, 16 February 2012

E.ON Innovation

Posted by Sonia at 1:55:00 pm
My blog has now moved to come over and join me :)

This month E.ON has launched a crowdsourcing project called E.ON Innovation to find the next generation of energy products and services. This online community is open to the UK public and will feature five challenges to coincide with episodes of the new Channel 4 Show Home of the Future. The winner from each of the five challenges will be the one with the best idea submission and will each win a home energy makeover worth up to £2,000; this could include some really exciting gadgets from the Channel 4 series 'Home of the Future' to make you home more energy efficient. Judges will then go on to choose an overall winner out of the five finalists who will go on to win home energy makeover worth up to £10,000 ! All of the five winning ideas will be developed by E.ON with the intention of the products and services becoming a reality during 2012. There will also be two runner up prizes of £100 in Homebase vouchers. E.ON will be encouraging participation by giving out £100 Homebase vouchers to the best participant each week, you will also earn badges and points for voting and commenting within the community. You can follow the conversation about this project by following E.ON on Twitter (@talkingenergy) and looking out for the hashtag #eoninnov.

The first challenge is now live and is about Rest and asks participants 'how could the home ‘learn’ about your energy use in order to create a more restful environment?' Some of the ideas that are already in the forum are incredible I have no idea how I can come up with something better! Even if you have no intention of taking part then I would recommend going and reading some of the ideas and voting for your favourite.  You can look for inspiration within the community or go to the Home of the Future Website. Each week there will be a new theme - work, food, play & well-being. I really love this idea and would absolutely love to win a home energy makeover; living in an old Victorian house we are not exactly energy efficient! So I've now got to get my thinking cap on to come up with some fantastic ideas!! I get so excited when thinking about the future; everything has come so far since I was a little girl and I just find it totally mind-blowing! I just cannot wait to see what the final five ideas are and how E.ON will develop them.
You can watch the 'Rest' episode of Homes of the Future on 4oD and watch out for the 'Work' episode coming on Sunday 19th February 2012 and then the new challenge for 'Work' will be open to ideas. Make sure you catch the show to get your energy saving juices flowing!

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