Electricity Maps Blog
July 3, 2020
At Electricity Maps, our goal is to build products that make it easier for everyone to reduce their carbon footprint. Today, we’re releasing a new project that will make it easier for everyone to easily reduce their electricity consumption’s carbon footprint.
Thanks to a grant from Elforsk, we’re giving everyone the tools to use their washing machine, their vehicle charging and other processes requiring electricity at the most climate-friendly time via a service on the IFTTT platform for Electricity Maps.
Some low-carbon electricity sources like solar and wind energy are dependent on the weather. As we add more and more capacity of wind and solar energy, the carbon intensity of our electricity fluctuates more: when it is windy and sunny, the electricity is greener. But the reality is more complex than simply looking at the weather forecast; other low-carbon sources like nuclear power or hydropower are less weather dependent, and most grids are connected to other grids.
To put it simply, for climate-aware citizens, doing the right thing with your electricity consumption is a complicated matter.
To solve this problem, we created the Electricity Maps App, an easy way for everyone to see in real-time the carbon intensity of the electricity around the world.
Over time, we also developed an API, where companies like Google use our forecast to reduce their own or others’ carbon footprint.
It is deep in our DNA that climate knowledge should not stay in the hands of the few; we’ve always looked for opportunities to allow as many people as possible to use our data. It was with this spirit that we took on the IFTTT project.
Last year, we obtained a grant from Elforsk to among other things develop a feature that would leverage the IFTTT (“If This Then That”) platform to increase the accessibility of our data.
By using our new Electricity Maps service on IFTTT, it is possible for you or your smart devices to automatically get a notification when local electricity has the lowest carbon intensity during a 24 hour period. This notification allows for most flexible processes like washing machines, dishwashers, driers, electric cars, or batteries to use electricity at the best time. From a simple notification on your phone to automatically starting a connected device, IFTTT makes it dead simple for everyone to do the right thing.
To use the Electricity Maps IFTTT service, here are the steps you should follow:
The Electricity Maps IFTTT service opens new possibilities that we currently may not even be aware of. Do you have an amazing use case of IFTTT that allowed you to reduce your carbon footprint? Feel free to share it with us on firstname.lastname@example.org or simply by tagging us on social media.