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Nov 2020 - Study, Publication
Cover image of The Conversation

Lockdown 2 - The Conversation

The timing of the first lockdown was fortunate. The heating season had just ended and the weather was lovely. A winter lockdown brings new challenges for energy.


Oct 2020 - Study, Result
Graph showing the electricity use profile for a 24 hour period

Power Explorer

Explore the electricity use patterns of UK households. Which has the greater impact on demand: children or dogs? Power explorer.


Aug 2020 - Result, Publication
Energy and Gender bargraph for housework

The gender divide in energy

Many energy models assume that women are responsible for more energy use than men. They do more housework after all. Our data challenges this assumption. While women do indeed report a higher number of household chores, their electricity demand appears to be lower. Find out what they do differently in this open access publication.


June 2020 - Result, Publication
Trust Gap

The Trust Gap

Less than half of UK citizens are happy to share location data for better heating control, and only 20% want to share it with their energy utility company. Smart solutions require more trust. Energy Research & Social Science.


15 May 2020 - Study, Result
Joju blog

The lockdown blog - early findings

Read how energy and activities have been affected by the lockdown in our guest blog at Joju Solar.


May 2019 - Study

Chat with Oxford Sparks

Oxford Sparks communicate Oxford Science to the wider public. Here we talk to them about our work on energy use during the lockdown. YouTube



13 May 2020 - Study, Result
Lockdown rhythm

Changing rhythm

This is how lockdown affects the electricity grid. What used to be a regular weekly pattern (high demand during weekdays, low at weekends) has broken down. Variability is a challenge for system operators and forecasting demand is just as important as forecasting renewable generation.

12 May 2020 - Study, Result
Frequency and enjoyment change

Gardening and recreation increase enjoyment

Since the lockdown started we see more reporting of screentime, gardening and hot drinks. Washing/showers, work and (surprisingly) reading are down. Perhaps we should read more, given that it appears even more enjoyable, especially compared to screentime.

May 2020 - Study, Result
Lockdown rhythm

Response to COVID-19 lockdown

The activity patters we observe have changed dramatically. On average the day starts an hour later, more activities are reported in the morning and significantly fewer during the peak demand period in the early evening. This may have profound impacts on the timing energy use.

May 2020 - Study, Result
Lockdown demand

Reduction in demand

UK electricity demand has fallen. In a historic context this reduction is roughly equivalent to the last 6 years worth of energy savings. Thanks to sunny and windy weather, the emissions of our energy use are among the lowest we have ever seen. How much of this reduction can be sustained into the future?

Apr 2020 - Study, Result
How are you coping

How are we coping?

For some the lockdown is easy to cope with, others face serious difficulties. Help us understand these unusual times and learn about potential long term effects at JoyMeter.uk

April 2020 - Study, Result
Oriel

Oriel News

A short article about the opportunities arising for energy research under lockdown.



Mar 2020 - Study
Activity change

Lockdown changes energy use

We continue to collect data during the lockdown. While national demand is at a record low, some households will see their bills go up.


Feb 2020 - Study
Stanford

Visit to Stanford

Phil visited Hilary, June, Chad and many others of our collaborators at Stanford. It is great to see our tools in use in America.



June 2020 - Result, Publication
Clustering

Clustering the peaks

Our brilliant Rhodes scholar, Aven, has published his work on clustering of peak demand predictors. His models suggest that we should keep an eye on hot meals and screen time. Applied Energy.


Dec 2019 - Results Publications
Energy and Behaviour

Energy and Behaviour

Our findings about enjoyment and electricity use are now available in book form. See the chapter 3.1.



Nov 2019 - Publications
Grid Edge White Paper

The Grid Edge Revolution

A white paper about the transition from centralised systems to one with lots of Ds: decarbonised, decentralised, digitised, democratised, and decoupled energy use and services. Get the White Paper.



Oct 2019 - Results Publications
Specific contribution of activities paper

Keep calm and have a cuppa

This paper uses regression techniques to pinpoint which activities cause most electricity demand. Here is a surprise: even though having a cup of tea requires energy, having a hot drink slows us down enough to result in a net reduction during that hour. Next time we face a blackout, have a tea and read the paper (Open access).



Sep 2019 - Study

Osney reduce by 18%

Osney profile

Osney island excelled in our energy challenge. When asked to reduce demand between 5pm and 7pm, they achieved a record 18%!



July 2019 - Results Publications
UK Data Service

Data available for research

A record of Meter data and documentation is kept by the UK Data Service. DOI: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-8475-1



June 2019 - Publications

BBC Radio Wales

Breakfast radio interview on the Climate Emergency - includes some good news, too.



May 2019 - Results Publications

The (social) value of flexibility

Talk at the 2019 UKERC conference about some of our findings on YouTube



April 2019 - Results Publications

Machine learning from daily life

Springer Energy Efficiency

Daily life and demand - using regression techniques to understand which activities best explain our demand for different times of day. Energy Efficiency

March 2019 - Study

Das METER

German Meter

METER launches in Germany. The University of M√ľnster has developed their own electricity recorder and now uses the Meter App in German. We are excited to see how UK and German demand compare...

February 2019 - Study

2019 Winner

Luiza

Luiza joins Finlay and Penny as winner of a year free electricity. You can win by taking part.

January 2019 - Study

Get the App

JoyMeter

Our activity recorder is now available for anyone as JoyMeter

Get it on

Google Play

App Store

December 2018 - Study Results

Tea or supper?

Tea for supper

When we ask people to use less electricity in the evening, they cut down on hot meals and have a cup of tea instead.

October 2018 - Study Results

16% demand reduction

Demand reduction

We can get a 16% reduction in electricity use, just by asking.

September 2018 - Study Results

The happiest activities

Read, Sleep, Socialise

Among the most enjoyable activities are sleeping, reading and socialising. These also use very little electricity.

August 2018 - Study

West Oxford Street challenge winner

Riverside Road

Riverside and Oatlands Road have won the West Oxford challenge by reducing their demand the most between 5 and 7pm.

July 2018 - Publications

Protecting data privacy is key to a smart energy future

Publication

A collaboration with Carissa from Philosophy (!). We spell out why trust is crucial for data sensitive approaches. Read more

July 2018 - Study

Innovation Award

VC Award

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Prof Louise Richardson, awarded Meter a high commendation in her Innovation Awards for our "Interdisciplinary study of energy use and activities". The overall winner is literally saving lives with Smart Handpumps

June 2018 - Results Publications

The footprint of household activities

Publication

One cannot simply assume that certain activities lead to higher electricity use. Read why

May 2018 - Results Publications

Daily life and demand

Publication

Dwelling and appliance variables can explain 46% of average electricity use. Can we do better? Read the paper

February 2018 - Results Publications

Flexibility, dynamism and diversity in energy supply and demand

Publication

How can we be more flexible (and why do we need to)? Read the paper

January 2018 - Study

2018 Winner

Finlay

Finlay wins a year free electricity. Congratulations!

Oct 2017 - Study

Aven joins the Meter team

Gallery

With Aven we gain an expert in machine learning, who will help us find patterns in our activities and electricity use

July 2017 - Publications

Reaching a 1.5C target

Activity diagram

Socio-technical challenges for a rapid transition to low carbon electricity system. Read the paper

Jun 2017 - Study Results

Data Gallery

Gallery

Explore Meter Data

May 2017 - Results Publications

Activity data published

Activity diagram

Activity data presented at ECEEE conference in France

Apr 2017 - Study Results

Meter Reading

Meter Reading

We reached 16 million electricity readings (4500 hours worth) and our participants have recorded nearly 6000 activities. Read our Meter Reading

Mar 2017 - Results

Browse the data

Household profiles

Explore household profiles

Jan 2017 - Study

No more paperwork

Diary App

The new app is now in use to make recording activities easy and fun.

December 2016 - Study

We have a winner

Penny

Penny W. from London has won one year free electricity. Sign up now for a chance to win yours.

November 2016 - Study

Data Scientist appointed

Marina

Marina Diakonova has joined the Meter project. Her background in complexity science will help us in analysing the relationships between activities and electricity profiles.

September 2016 - Study Results

Meter Reading

Meter Reading

Over 6 million electricity readings and the first 1000 activities have been collected. Read more

August 2016 - Study

Jessica turn diaries to data

Jessica has been a great help this summer coding up diaries and improving the app

Jessica

July 2016 - Study

Adriano optimises our devices

Adriano made some great advances in how we configure our the devices we send to you

Adriano

May 2016 - Study
Power People

Power People Animation

This delightful animation explains why understanding our energy use matters for cheaper, safer and cleaner energy.


April 2016 - Study
new eMeter

Win a year free electricity

Lucky participants now have the chance to get their electricity paid for a year. Find out how



February 2016 - Study
new eMeter

Beautiful new eMeters

The new eMeters are ready! Much nicer and smaller design - with simple instructions for how to fit them to your electricity meter.



January 2016
Energy and Climate Change Select Committee

Select Committee

Dr Grunewald gives evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee hearing on Low carbon network infrastructure.
See evidence session.



December 2015

Expert workshop

30 leading UK experts meet in Oxford to give advice on METER research.
Documents

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