We all know you can dry clothes in the sun…but wash them? There’s an experiment underway in The Netherlands to do just that. Using smart grid technologies, several hundred homes are about to embark on an experiment: are people willing to change their electricity consumption habits to save money and the planet?
Homes will have access to solar power and the price of electricity during the day. If the Sun shines brightly enough, the power can be used to run a washing machine. If not, service can wait until the price for electricity drops. Either way, the consumer ends up paying less. But will they tolerate the trade-off of immediacy for cost savings? Time will tell.