E.ON/Milton Keynes Council - Thinking Energy project

We worked in partnership with E.ON and Milton Keynes Council on a smart homes project called Thinking Energy. The project consisted of a series of trials in which residents used technology to control their energy and any resulting behavioural changes were monitored.

The trials involved Milton Keynes residents receiving home energy management systems including Wi-Fi devices. These enabled the participants to operate devices and control their energy performance remotely. The aims of the project were to test the equipment and to monitor how residents responded to the equipment in terms of their behaviour.

The services we provided:

  • Participant recruitment.
  • Resident engagement.
  • Home surveys, forums and occupant interviews.

Key outcomes and insights:

Recruitment
Targeting key residential areas that already had existing energy champions made early stage engagement and wider dissemination a lot more effective. It was a lot easier to engage with more environmentally conscious individuals initially and utilise them as word of mouth promotional/training resources to residents that were not as aware.

Communication
When trialling new initiatives, particularly around new technologies, we found it was important to develop a schedule of regular contact with individuals to provide reassurance and training, where appropriate.

Related services

Services to Communities

We've been working with communities for the past twenty years. We've helped to put in place large-scale renewable energy projects, but have also been involved in the much smaller-scale projects which engage local groups to change their behaviour and reduce their energy bills and carbon emissions.

Project Management & Development

We have extensive experience in project management and development. We have a diverse skill set including: technical, communication, public engagement and facilitation expertise. In addition to our ability to write successful funding bids, our skills enable us to provide comprehensive project support.

Community Energy Project Planning

If you're looking to develop a community energy project, we can help you choose the most appropriate technologies. However, before you start on your project, it's best to begin by asking yourself some basic planning questions.