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Appeal for volunteers to help research into domestic energy use

Academics at Loughborough University are appealing for volunteers to help with pioneering research into how we use energy in the home.

The LEEDR (Low Effort Energy Demand Reduction) project will explore hi-tech ways to cut domestic energy bills.

The work will investigate how and why we use energy in the home – and explore innovative ways to reduce our consumption.

Researchers are looking for 20 households – families and couples – willing to participate in the project over the next three years. Each volunteer family must live within 10 miles of Loughborough.

Project leader Dr Richard Buswell said: “These households will play a vital role in our research. We’ll be measuring their energy consumption – how much electricity, gas and hot water they use with the use of smart meters.

“And we’ll also be monitoring the way they feel about domestic energy use, to help us assess the viability of possible energy reduction solutions.’’

The project has been awarded a £1.4million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is asked to contact Dr Lynda Webb on L.H.Webb@lboro.ac.uk or 01509 228745. Householders can also find out more about the project by logging on to www.leedr-project.co.uk

Loughborough University has a world-leading reputation for research into the interactions between people, buildings and energy.

The University has established the interdisciplinary Sustainability Research School to help its academic departments work together to tackle the global challenges in this  and similar fields.


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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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