Our findings about enjoyment and electricity use are now available in book form.
See the chapter 3.1.
Nov 2019 - Publications
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
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.
Sep 2019 - Study
Osney reduce by 18%
Osney island excelled in our energy challenge. When asked to reduce demand between 5pm and 7pm, they achieved a record 18%!
Our activity recorder is now available for anyone as JoyMeter
Get it on
December 2018 - Study Results
Tea or 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
We can get a 16% reduction in electricity use, just by asking.
September 2018 - Study Results
The happiest activities
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 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
A collaboration with Carissa from Philosophy (!). We spell out why trust is crucial for data sensitive approaches. Read more
July 2018 - Study
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
One cannot simply assume that certain activities lead to higher electricity use. Read why
May 2018 - Results Publications
Daily life and demand
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