Design School


Understanding energy consumption in the home

Group: User-Centred Design

Project: Low Effort Energy Demand Reduction (LEEDR)



Dr Val Mitchell

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School of Civil and Building, Loughborough University

Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University



LEEDR was a 4-year research project that sought to situate and understand domestic energy consumption within the context of families’ everyday lives and routines. The project employs a combination of energy monitoring, video ethnographies and workshop techniques to explore opportunities for energy demand reduction through digital innovation and assess the possible impact a changing energy landscape might have on family life. The Design School led the futures work package within LEEDR and developed interdisciplinary tools and methods with colleagues as well as digital product concepts.

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Contact Dr Val Mitchell for more information.