Creating the Energy for Change is a 5 year research project led by Alexa Spence that is investigating innovative ways of dividing up and representing energy use in shared buildings so as to motivate occupants to save energy.
Providing energy feedback can be problematic in shared buildings and here we focus on workplaces, where many different people interact and share utilities and equipment within that building. It is often difficult to highlight who is responsible for energy used and difficult therefore to divide up related costs and motivate changes in energy usage. We propose to focus on these challenges and consider the opportunities that exist in engaging whole communities of people in reducing energy use.
Creating the Energy for Change is funded as part of the buildTEDDI programme of research projects funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).