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2 August 2007 PR 07/103

Helping households reduce energy use

Loughborough University is playing a key role in a new £0.57 million project aimed at significantly reducing the amount of energy consumed by UK households.

The indeedNET (Integration and Demonstration of Energy Efficient Dwelling Networks) project will focus on the development of a high tech wireless home energy management system. This will enable households to monitor and control their energy use when they are at the property and when they are away from home.

The system will take into account weather conditions, such as temperature, rain and light levels outside, to provide the optimum home environment using the least amount of energy. This will include reducing or switching off the central heating system, opening or closing windows and controlling lighting.

As well as being able to manage their home environment from within the property, the system will also allow users to securely and safely control their home remotely from anywhere in the world using a mobile device such as a mobile phone or laptop.

Shuang-Hua Yang, Professor of Networks and Control in the University’s Department of Computer Science, said: “This project will aim to reduce domestic energy use for every family home in the UK by 40 percent. Not only will this be better for the environment, it will also help homeowners to significantly reduce their energy bills.”

The system will be demonstrated at a purpose-built test house based at the University campus.

IndeedNET is being funded by the Department for Trade and Industry. The project leader is Advantica Limited and other project partners include East Midlands Housing Association and SURE Technology.

For further information please visit the indeedNET website at http://www.indeednet.org

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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