Points are awarded for using less energy and reducing CO2 emissions during peak time equivents. The more energy you save, 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 with your smart meter or compatible smart device.
*PLEASE NOTE: The monthly points earned from equivents by a connected smart plug (300) are based on a user connecting their smart plug to a fridge/freezer and participating in 90% of events during the month.
The monthly points earned from equivents by a connected EV (900) are based on an EV participating in 90% of events during the month.
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
However, even if you don’t own a smart meter you can still earn bonus points by manually switching off appliances during equivents.
Each time you manually participate in an equivent, you will earn one entry into our Monthly Prize draw.
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
The simplest way to earn points with equiwatt once you have adding 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 save, 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!
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!