How warm is warm enough?
Gas and electricity are available at the flick of a switch. If we pay for it by automatic direct debit we often don’t notice how much we use, how much it costs and how much we could save. Whilst it may be easy to monitor consumption it is difficult to engage with people to effect positive behaviour change towards energy efficiency.
This graph illustrates data from monitors installed in four homes. The interesting feature is the wide variation in temperatures acceptable to the householders. Reasons for the differences include type of house, lifestyle, phase of life, health conditions, fuel prices and sometimes environmental ideals.
The Sustainable Businesses team at Bangor University is developing further demonstration pilots, experimenting with data collection from offices, public spaces etc with the aim of identifying better ways to engage with staff and embed energy management practices. Please contact us to discuss your energy efficiency needs.