Using research to help residents save energy and money in Westminster

Does understanding how we perform relative to others help us to change our behaviours? This is the topic of a major research study being supported by CityWest Homes, an award-winning property services provider based in London, and 13 housing associations in the UK.

The National Energy Study is investigating energy use in homes and how much more energy can be saved when residents are better informed about their energy use. The study will monitor energy use and help residents save energy in over 500 homes from October 2013 until March 2014. The outcomes will help the sector support residents to cut energy use and fuel bills.

Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Climate Change, said: “How people use energy in the home has a significant impact on their energy use. Research is needed in this area, particularly with the context of rising energy bills. I look forward to the results of this research.”

Peter Armfield, sustainability manager, CityWest Homes, said: “It’s crucial that during times when fuel poverty is on the rise that we find ways to lower costs for our residents. Almost 50 of our residents have agreed to take part in the study. In doing so they are taking an important first step in understanding how to reduce their fuel bills. The study will also highlight what behavioural change can help reduce costs and we look forward to sharing the results with all our residents across Westminster.”

The research and analysis is being undertaken by Sustainable Homes and is supported by ROCKWOOL, the UK's leading manufacturer in sustainable insulation materials.

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