Energize Worcester is an exciting opportunity to tackle the poor energy efficiency of some privately rented student houses, reducing energy consumption and in turn student bills. The project examines behaviour change as a core tactic to impact on energy consumption using trained student advocates to engage with peers to enable cascade training.
And with landlords it looks at possible financing options available for retrofit measures to improve thermal efficiency. Two bespoke student facing software platforms are being developed to record energy consumption, and easily and quickly determine potential for retrofit options. Student occupants will have regular incentives to encourage and reward participants’ positive impacts. Alongside this non student landlords and non-student houses of multiple occupation will also have an opportunity to participate.
Students will be informed about their monthly energy consumption, while also creating healthy competitions between households based on their monthly energy saving rate against baseline data. Smart meters will installed in selected households to allow tenants to monitor their energy consumption in real time. A group of professionally trained student Energy Advocates will visit households and work with them to learn and adopt appropriate energy behaviours. Students will also get bespoke repots in simple language to explain how boiler controls etc. work in the house.
Options for financing retrofit measures for landlords will be investigated to assist landlords improve the energy infrastructure of the properties. This could be through Green Deal and ECO funding or through other finance mechanisms such as credit unions. The scheme will also be rolled out to another university community to demonstrate the scalability of the approach.
Contact: Peng Li, Project Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01905 543223, WB 170, University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ