We have a winner in our first $1000 prize draw for sharing home energy data with researchers

Image from Canva to illustrate blog post on a Wattwatchers prize draw

We love helping electricity customers to get rewarded for sharing their energy data, especially with power prices so high. Now a Wattwatchers-installed household in the NSW Hunter Region is the lucky winner of the first of ten $1000 prize draws we will be conducting every 6 months until January 2027 for participants in a university-led energy data initiative. We’re also giving away a Wattwatchers home solution package this month.

One draw of a $1000 prize down, nine more to go.

That’s the equation for the $10,000 Wattwatchers will be giving away over five years to drive ongoing participation in a special offer from our My Energy Marketplace (MEM) project, which is supported by grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)*.

We are not naming the winners for the usual privacy reasons, but the family lives in Warners Bay at Lake Macquarie, near Newcastle, and thanked Wattwatchers for the opportunity to participate, calling the win a ‘great surprise’.

The special offer invited eligible MEM households – of which there are already nearly 2500 in the National Electricity Market (NEM) spread across NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT – to share their energy data for five years with top scientists from Australian universities and the CSIRO who are working on solutions for the future of energy.

To support their scientific and engineering research and innovation, this Energy Data Platform project is assembling real-time and historical data from hundreds of participating households that formally consent to long-term sharing of their data, and complete a survey about their home and themselves.

It’s led by UNSW Sydney on behalf of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP). Read more about the project and how to participate here.

MEM households that have taken up the special offer need to make sure they stay in the running for future draws by responding to annual check-in emails that will be sent to you on behalf of the researchers.

The next $1000 draw will be in six months’ time, in January 2023.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HOW WE’RE USING ENERGY DATA TO HELP REACH NET ZERO?

Watch this video on YouTube to hear from our Chief Innovation Officer Grace Young talking about the role of smart energy data in our electrified future. At the end of the video you’ll find a QR code linking to an entry form for our current draw: the chance to win a MEM package worth over $950 with installation included (if you do win, note that the prize can be passed to a friend or family member). Entries will close on 16 August.

*ARENA ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The My Energy Marketplace project is receiving funding from ARENA as part of ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government, and the Australian Government does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.