Written by JAMES AVERILL
Article courtesy of the MKNews
Loughton and Tinkers Bridge have been selected as two of just ten local communities in the country to take part in an electricity reduction scheme.
‘Less is More’ is a pilot project aiming to reduce peak electricity demands by local communities. Peak electricity demand occurs when a lot of people connect to the same substation, usually between 5-8pm.
But substations – which distribute electricity to homes – are finding it hard to cope with the maximum peak demand, and are in constant need of upgrading.
The substations in Loughton and Tinkers Bridge will be monitored to analyse their usage, and to get things a bit more competitive between estates, a cash incentive of up to £5,000 to improve each neighbourhood is on offer.
The project, which started on January 20 and runs until December 7, is being run by Western Power Distribution in partnership with the Knowlhill based National Energy Foundation.
One person taking part is Peter Todd, chairman of Loughton Parish Council, who said: “I didn’t know just how much electricity lights use up. It will be interesting to see the final results.”
Rachel Brain, of Less is More, said: “The idea is to get people thinking about how they can switch things around to try and reduce that level of demand. The project is in early stages but we have seen some reductions on certain days, but once more people know about it the results will become clearer.”