If you’ve made the switch from a gas-guzzling vehicle to an electric model, we have good news: Your electric car may eventually be capable of powering your home, allowing you to save money on electricity bills.
According to the BBC, the smartypants at the University of Salford in the U.K. are testing out a system based on “vehicle to grid” technology. Here’s how it works:
The new application allows electric-car owners to see the price they pay for electricity at different times of the day. When the price for electricity is low, homeowners can charge their car. And during peak hours, when the price for electricity is higher, they can use the energy stored in the car’s battery to do a load of laundry, for example, rather than relying on the power grid.
“At any given time, 95% of cars are parked and their batteries free, which means stored power can potentially flow from car to house,” said Will Swan, professor of building energy performance at the University of Salford.
Now if only someone could invent an electric car that folds clothes, too …
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