EDF Energy and tech start-up Howz are launching a new home monitoring system which uses energy data and connected home technology to empower the elderly and those with needs to live independently for longer.

The system has been developed and tested with EDF Energy customers over the past two years. It monitors the energy usage of electrical appliances and combines this with sensor information, including movement and home temperature, to build up a pattern of daily behaviour.

Using the app, customers can check in on their family or friends and will receive alerts if the user’s normal routine is broken.

Manchester-based Howz won EDF Energy’s start-up challenge in 2016 and subsequently worked with its internal innovation accelerator Blue Lab.

EDF Energy and Howz will next explore how data from smart meters can be integrated into the home monitoring systems, demonstrating the wider benefits the national rollout can deliver to households across Great Britain.

Energy and technology are a huge part of our everyday lives, from putting the kettle on in the morning to switching the television off at night,” said EDF Energy’s managing director for customers Béatrice Bigois.

“In working with Howz, we have developed a truly transformative solution that establishes users’ everyday energy routines so that their families can stay connected with them, wherever they are, and be alerted if something doesn’t seem quite right.”

Louise Rogerson, COO at Howz and a chartered physiotherapist, said: “We pride ourselves on giving everyone back their independence, no matter their age or situation.

“By understanding the everyday routine, users can quickly see when a potential health concern will arise.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with EDF Energy and look forward to providing their customers with a greater awareness of their routine to give them, and their loved ones, peace of mind.”