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What are Equivents?

Equivents last for 1 hour during times when energy usage is at it's peak. We award points for turning off connected appliances during Equivents and alert you before and after every event so you can take part and find out your impact.

There are certain peak times during the month when a large amount of people use electricity at the same time.

For example, around 7 pm when people get home from work and start cooking dinner. So that nobody is left starving and without electricity, energy providers have to turn on additional power plants to meet demand. These power plants are traditionally heavy CO2 producers and expensive to run.

To avoid this, energy companies offer incentive to reduce electricity usage during peak times. It is cheaper for them to pay initiatives that can reduce electricity usage rather than to turn on those additional power plants.

Equiwatt helps households to take advantage of these offers by inviting users to reduce energy during peak time events and earn points. We call these events Equivents and they run 10-12 times every month for 1 hour at a time. You can find out more about points earning here.