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How do I earn points?

Points are awarded for using less energy during peak time events. The more energy you shift, the more points you will earn. Points can be redeemed for rewards or vouchers in the equiwatt in-app gift store.

How many points could I earn?

When it comes to earning points with equiwatt, there are a couple of ways to do it, manually via a smart meter or automatically with compatible smart plugs or electric vehicles!

The below table gives you an idea of how many points you could earn each month by participating in events or by winning one of our monthly prizes.

Type of Participation Number of Points* Value of points*
equivent  300 - 900 £3 - £9
Prize Draw  2000 £20
Lucky Dip  500 £5
Leaderboard  500 - 1500 £5 - £15
Spot Prize  100 - 2000 £1 - £20

*PLEASE NOTE: The monthly equivent points shown in the table above are just a guide and are based on a user participating in 90% of events in a month and earning between 37 - 112 points per event. 

Smart Meter (Manual) Participation

In order to earn points for reducing your energy usage (either manually by switching off appliances or automatically via smart plugs) you will first need to connect a compatible smart meter with half-hourly data to your equiwatt account.

The reason you need an electric smart meter and half-hourly readings enabled to earn points is so we can verify how much energy you’ve managed to save.

To earn points for taking part in an event via your smart meter, you will need to reduce your home's energy usage below your forecast shown in the app.

You can learn more about that here.

Monthly Prize Draw

Each time you manually participate in an equivent and register your appliance's participation, you will earn one entry into our Monthly  Prize draw for the chance to win 2000 points (worth £20).

The more equivents you participate in manually, the more entries you will receive for the prize draw and the better your chances of winning!

You can find out more about our Prize draw and other monthly prizes here.

Automatic ‘Smart’ participation

Smart Plugs:

The simplest way to earn points with equiwatt once you have added your smart meter to the app is to connect any household appliance that uses a 3-pin plug to a TP-Link Smart Plug to automate participation in equivents.

This means that every time an equivent occurs, your connected appliance will automatically switch off and on. Depending on how much peak time energy and CO2 your appliance(s) has saved by participating in the equivent, you will be awarded points.

PLEASE NOTE: equivent points are awarded via your smart meter. 

So, the more energy you shift, the more points you will earn! You will also earn more points for connecting additional appliances!

Points are allocated on a constantly changing scale dependent on the level of appliance usage and market conditions. 

Appliances that use more power will have the biggest impact!

Electric Vehicles:

Own an EV? Did you know that you can now earn points for connecting your EV to equiwatt?

By connecting a compatible electric vehicle or smart charger to the equiwatt app you can automatically pause charging during equivents to earn points! Not only will equiwatt help you avoid charging when energy is dirty and expensive but it can help you get rewarded for charging smarter too!

Click here to find out more about earning points with your EV.

TIP: You can find out which appliances we recommend connecting and their average equivent earnings here!