Platform Lets Homeowners Donate Energy to Those Who Need It
In every community, there are those who can’t afford to heat their home in the winter, or even turn their lights on at night. Gridmates is a peer-to-peer network that lets those with excess energy share it with neighbors in need.
Homeowners – whether they generate their own electricity or not – can log onto the Gridmates website and sign up to pledge some of their energy to a nonprofit, an elderly citizen or anyone living in enery poverty. Working with utilities providers, the system registers their donation and reroutes energy to the recipient’s home or building. Members can either pay money to simply contribute to another’s electricity bill, or assign a portion of they current bill to be redirected to someone in need. The site hopes to also include tips that could help donors offset the equivalent power through energy saving tactics. Those who generate their own electricity can also sign up to give any excess to someone else in their community.