ESRC Festival of Social Science 2016

Smart energy: will we have warmer and healthier homes?

The UK smart meter roll-out is in progress, but how can we make sure households, not just energy companies, reap the benefits?

The Smarter Households project will be showcasing their ongoing work at Millennium Point, Birmingham on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November, as part of the 2016 ESRC Festival of Social Science.

Come along to see test house data on electricity and gas usage and the indoor environment in a home across the course of a day, annotated by real quotations from our test house interviewees about their daily routines and their energy related concerns.

You will also be able to find out more about the importance of a warm and healthy indoor environment by test driving the project’s ‘Energy Dashboard’ app, showing real-time data from their test house, and explore the 3D ‘Hints & Tips House’ for ideas of how to save energy at home, whilst keeping the indoor environment healthy.

Members of the research team will be on hand to talk about the technology and answer any questions. Lastly, everyone is welcome to try the energy quiz, to be in with a chance of winning a £25 Amazon voucher!

The exhibit is open from 10am- 4pm on the 5th and 6th November, at the entrance to the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum (2nd floor, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG).


The ESRC Festival of Social Science is a week-long celebration of the social sciences and social science research, taking place from 5-12 November across the UK, with free to attend events suitable for all ages and levels of interest. Click here for more information about other events in the region and nationally.