UK university to examine energy-saving technology
LEEDR, a 3.7 year and $3.11 million project, brings together social science, civil and building engineering, computer science, systems engineering, user interface and design technology.
Researchers at Loughborough University have indeed teamed up with communications company O2, energy company EON and energy monitoring experts AlertMe to investigate how and why we use energy in the home and to explore innovative ways to reduce our consumption.
Eventually, the project aims to enable the design and evaluation of the next generation intervention strategies that will help the UK towards achieving the 2050 CO2 reduction targets.
"This project aims to uncover innovative, technology-based solutions to the challenge of reducing energy use," stated project leader Dr Richard Buswell. "At the same time, we will attempt to look into the future – to predict the impact of these solutions on the way we live our lives in the coming decades."
Buswell continued:“It will have a strong user-centred focus – that means that we will place importance on measuring people’s response to possible solutions. There is little point in proposing a new energy-saving device, for example, if, for some reason, no-one wants to use it."
The project will enlist the help of 20 volunteer households, whose energy consumption and domestic practices will be examined by the academic team using a variety of methodologies.