The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2016 will take place in early July this year. The Awards bring together executives, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, and campaigners to celebrate innovative green achievements from the past year. Switch2, one of the biggest providers of services to community and district heating schemes in the UK, has reached the finals of the prestigious event.
Switch2 will be recognised at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards later this year for their project. Incontro is a smart billing and energy management system for community heating schemes. The new three-in-one, pay-as you-go smart billing and energy control and monitoring technology has been shortlisted in the Energy Efficiency Project of the Year category.
Incontro helps developers and landlords to reduce debt risk and improve environmental performance of district heating schemes. The technology also makes it simpler for residents to pay for their energy and control and monitor their energy usage. This leads to energy efficiency savings and lower bills.
The UK designed and manufactured technology takes smart metering to a new level. It is an advanced multifunctional energy system that combines either prepayment or credit billing with monitoring household energy usage; simple to use multi-zone thermostat, time and temperature control, and an in-home display.
The touch screen has a large, clear colour display – providing a weather feed, account balances, meter readings, CO2 emissions performance, and current and historic cost and consumption histograms showing various time periods – from hourly to yearly.
Kirsty Lambert, Director of Switch2, said: “It is an honour to be shortlisted for this prestigious award alongside some of the UK’s most inspiring and innovative green companies. We are extremely proud to be among fellow finalists such as the National Trust, the Body Shop, Aldi, Panasonic, O2, Willmott Dixon, Gentoo, Exeter City Council and Northern Rail.”
She continued: “When residents have an opportunity to measure and monitor how much energy they are using, their consumption can reduce dramatically. Incontro makes saving energy easy, informative and exciting, so we are expecting this to translate into lower bills and improved environmental performance.”
This news follows Switch2’s success in winning the European Smart Metering Technology of the Year Award for Incontro.
Switch2 remotely manages and monitors the Incontro system from its UK customer service centre, which provides complete billing, prepayment and administration services to more than 50,000 homes across 400 community energy and district heating schemes.
The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards Ceremony will take place at The Brewery venue in the City of London on 6 July.
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