Up to 15% savings on electricity bills. This is what the alternative green energy supplier EkWateur promises by deploying its new box called Narco. How? ‘Or’ What? Through “consumption erasure”, which consists of cutting the electric heaters from 5 to 18 minutes. EkWateur offers customers to remotely control their devices using a mobile application and a box, while reducing the pressure on the electrical network. The project is carried out in partnership with Voltalis, a company remunerated by the electricity manager (RTE) for its network balancing by this erasing technique.
Connected to the electrical panel of the house, this box is connected to the electric heating system – composed of at least three radiators and a water heater. However, be sure to check that your electrical panel meets standards to facilitate installation. And be careful not to connect several devices to a power strip, at the risk of turning everything off simultaneously!
No impact on user comfort
The interest of this erasure? Balance the network when many households turn on their radiators at the same time, creating a peak in demand. “The idea is to spread this consumption curve,” says Julien Tchernia, director of EkWateur.
And this virtuous practice for the network has no impact on user comfort. “When you stop heating for ten minutes, the consumer does not feel anything with the thermal inertia of the buildings,” adds Mathieu Bineau, director of Voltalis. Only flexible equipment is connected, he adds, that is to say that we will not turn off the washing machine or the light. “
Another advantage: the installation of this box is free for consumers who consent to erasure. For the others, it is invoiced at 10 euros per month. And the user has the choice to refuse this deletion from time to time by indicating it on the counter.
EkWateur is therefore killing two birds with one stone by reducing consumer bills and taking the first step towards the “smart grid”. Reducing the network avoids blackouts during peak consumption, but also the start-up of additional thermal power plants, which are more expensive and above all polluting.
Target: 50,000 homes equipped by 2021
If the project can make one think of Linky meters, Julien Tchernia is unequivocal: “The main difference is that we allow consumption to be monitored in real time, whereas Linky does it a posteriori. The interest is therefore to see what the boiler is currently consuming, rather than realizing it the next day, ”he explains.
The supplier also undertakes not to resell the data. Recovered every ten seconds, they are transmitted only to Voltalis and to the electricity transmission network (RTE) to control the erasure action. The company intends to further expand its offer by the end of 2021, by installing Narco in 50,000 homes – the entire fleet equipped with electric heating.