5 golden rules for successful challenges
The goal of any Hilo challenge is to reduce your energy consumption and contribute to reducing GHG emissions. To succeed at a challenge, your actual consumption during the challenge must be lower than your baseline consumption. This is what we call the curtailment. To maximize your rewards, you have to maximize your curtailment. Here are 5 easy tips for getting there!
1. Let Hilo do all the work! Don’t touch your Hilo thermostats at any time during a challenge, including the preheating phase and right through to the recovery phase. Every time you adjust the temperature of a thermostat, it is excluded from the challenge that is underway, which might mean you will fail the challenge.
2. Avoid using your appliances. The calculation of your reward takes into account the overall electricity consumption of your home during the challenge. That means baking a batch of muffins can definitely wait until the challenge is over! Here’s something to look forward to : Soon Hilo will be launching a solution for electric water heaters that will not only allow you to use hot water during challenges, but also accumulate even more rewards. A charging station solution for electric vehicles that will make your life even easier is also on the horizon.
3. Don’t quit a challenge that is already underway, even during the recovery phase at the very end. You’ll lose the rewards you had been accumulating from the beginning of that challenge, which would be unfortunate.
4. Be bold—try Intrepid or Extreme mode! In Intrepid mode, the temperature increases by 2°C during the preheating phase, then lowers by 4°C during the reduction phase (as opposed to +1.5°C and -3°C in Moderate mode). And in Extreme mode, the temperature lowers 6 degrees! The quantity of energy you might save is larger, and your rewards will be too!
5. To limit your energy consumption, be sure to deactivate preheating on the thermostats in unused rooms.