German energy company E.ON is to pilot a smart technology experiment in a UK town.

The company will install various smart energy devices in 50 homes in Milton Keynes, including solar panels, smart washing machines, smart dishwashers, solar thermal systems, advanced hot water cylinders and electric cars with home charging points.

The smart white goods can be set so that they kick in when solar power is at its peak while gas boilers would be linked to PV panels to provide hot water.

Chris Rimmer, programme manager for the project, said the initiative was “about living with your house instead of just living in it”.

“We’re looking at technologies that will allow homes to make choices for the people inside – making better use of the weather around us or picking the most cost-effective time to run energy-hungry appliances.

She said E.ON would fit wireless monitoring equipment, a smart meter and a home energy management system into each home. “This will give us a fantastic understanding of the future of energy use in the home.”

The scheme is a joint venture between E.ON and the UK’s National Energy Foundation, which is headquartered in Milton Keynes.

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