The BEEBox:
an energy use display for pre-payment meter homes 

BEEBoxes are installed in more than 250 homes throughout East Arnhem Land as part of the Manymak Low Income Energy Efficiency Program.

BEEBoxes are installed in more than 250 homes throughout East Arnhem Land as part of the Manymak Low Income Energy Efficiency Program.

 

Watch this short film showcasing the BEEBox in action, explained by some of the Yolngu workers involved in the Manymak LIEEP Project.

CAT Projects developed the BEEBox energy use meter to assist Indigenous communities better monitor and manage their home power consumption.  Through the Manymak Low Income Energy Efficiency Project (LIEEP), in partnership with the Centre for Appropriate Technology, Power and Water and other consortium partners, a trial roll-out of 250 BEEBoxes has recently been completed in East Arnhem Land, in the Top End of the Northern Territory.  

Indigenous households face a range of barriers to managing energy consumption, leading to high energy costs and frequent disconnections.  Many of these challenges are common with other pre-payment meter customers across Australia.CAT Projects developed the BEEBox to help residents manage energy consumption in their homes.  It is comprised of a ‘smart’ head unit (controller) located in a household’s switchboard and an in-home display. The BEEBox Controller measures and logs high definition power quality and consumption information, and transmits consumption data to the in-home display. The display’s visual interface provides household residents with real-time information on the cost and quantity of their energy consumption, thereby assisting them to address the behavioural barriers to energy efficiency, and better manage their consumption. Such information is critical in helping to reduce the frequency and duration of disconnections.

 

The BEEBox design process brought together more than a decade of experience working in the remote indigenous community context through the Bushlight Program (Centre for Appropriate Technology) with other large Indigenous energy efficiency projects.  The BEEBox was specifically developed to help manage energy consumption in remote households and stand up to the rigors of remote community living.  It has been deployed in 30 households in the Utopia Homelands of Central Australia, and more than 250 homes in East Arnhem Land through the Manymak Energy Efficiency Program.    

Download the BEEBox flier here

For more information on the BEEBox, including for procurement, please contact enquiries@catprojects.com.au