Many people would like to live more sustainable lives whilst also reducing their energy bills. Now researchers at the University of Oxford may have found a way to make both possible.

This week saw the launch of the METER project, which explores how changing patterns of energy use could make our energy system less expensive, more secure and more sustainable. The project is part of a five year programme investigating ways of relieving peak demands on the UK’s electricity grid as this is currently posing an increasing challenge to the UK’s electricity system. The research is being led by the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford and is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Members of the public are being invited to take part in an online survey at www.energy-use.org.  Those taking part will receive an electricity recorder to install in their home, logging their use of electricity activities for one day. The data will feed into the research project and participants will also have the opportunity to have their names entered into a draw to win a year’s free electricity.

Geography and Economics applicants should consider how the government and education sector work together to bring about social and environmental changes.

Maths and Physics applicants should think about data that will be collated on such a project and how this will inform changes to the national grid.

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