Yes, you can get rewarded for turning appliances off manually (at the plug socket) during equivents as each manual participation counts as an entry into our monthly Manual Control Prize Draw.
Unlike Smart Control, Manual Control does not currently award users points for the amount of energy saved during each equivent. The reason for this is that only the energy monitoring smart plugs are able to track how much energy is saved during an event. The energy monitoring element of the plugs allows us to assess the power consumption of the connected appliance(s) during an equivent and automatically award points based on how much energy and CO2 has been saved by participating.
TIP: You can purchase a compatible Smart Plug from our shop here.
However, you can still get rewarded for taking part in equivents manually. Most appliances qualify for entry into our monthly Manual Control Prize Draw when turned off manually but for appliances that have operating cycles (such as washing machines, dishwashers etc.), they only qualify if turned off mid-cycle when an equivent starts.
That doesn't mean we're encouraging you to stop every appliance or sit in the dark for an hour!
Instead, you get the chance to boost your equivent points, as there are 2,000 points to be won each month via the prize draw, and you get to do that extra bit more to improve your energy saving without any inconvenience to you or your family.
By participating in equivents manually, you’ll learn more about your energy consumption, the power usage of different appliances, and how to be smarter with your energy. There are easy ways to reduce energy usage without affecting your lifestyle whilst reducing CO2 emissions and earning benefits from it!
You can also take part in manual events alongside smart events. Find out more here about the difference between smart and manual event participation.
NOTE: Click here to find out how to set up your appliances for Manual Control for the first time.
Ideas for participating in equivents using Manual control:
- Manually disconnect your fridge/freezer (this only applies if your smart plug is not connected already to this appliance).
- Pause your washing machine if it is in mid-cycle
- Turn off the lights in rooms that are not being used.
Switch off and/or unplug chargers and other electronics not being used e.g.
- Stereo equipment
- Phone chargers