By Hayley Ash, REPLICATE Programme Manager for Bristol City Council
Bristol has won the Smart Cities UK award 2019 for community engagement. During the Smart Homes project, Bristol City Council and Bristol Energy Network, codesigned all aspects of the project with the local community. This included co-designing the customer journey, contracts, marketing and the mobile show home. The project also enlisted the support and help of 20 community champions, including Anndeloris Chacon of Bristol Black Carers, Kirk McLean, Rose Ramgeet and Laura Hamilton from Dhek Bhal who have played an active part of the project, supporting residents to benefit from the Smart technology on offer.
The Smart Homes project installed 152 smart washing machines and a few smart dryers into homes within the Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill area of Bristol. The team are now designing a Demand Side Response trial, which will look at how participants can save money on their electrical usage by using energy at times when demand is low by using technology to control the functions of their machines – all aspects of this trial will also be co-designed with the participating people.
Hayley Ash received the award on behalf of the partnership, thanking Matt Jones, Dave Tudgy and the wonderful community champions.
REPLICATE is now moving into a second phase, where the Council are providing subsided insultation, boilers and solar panels. For more information, check out the website www.connectingbristol.org/replicate, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0117 352 1180 to see if you are eligilble.
The Community Champions are also working together to create a legacy programme that will be rolled out across the city to support communities save energy and Do Their Energy Thing! Watch this space for further information.
At the same ceremony, Bristol is Open CEO, Julie Snell also received an award as runner up in the Smart Leadership category.