Wiltshire Council Staff Energy Behaviour Change Campaign - Use of home electricity monitors
The SEACS project is a cooperation project funded by Europe between local authorities in Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire and Cotes D’Armor and Lannion-Trégor in Britanny, France. It aimed to share best practice on energy efficiency and behaviour change.
This campaign aimed to support Wiltshire staff in being energy efficient when working from home.
The campaign ran from January 2013 to February 2014, with an introduction to the campaign being displayed during climate week March 2013 and the full case studies, findings and advice being displayed in 2014.
The Wattson monitor works out your average energy usage and displays a colour which indicates if your current use is above or below that level. This was seen as hugely beneficial by users as they were able to tell at a glance how they were performing. They also found that this was a simple way of engaging younger family members and friends; this could explain the slight elevation of Wattson users score in the “community” section of the matrix. On the whole users enjoyed the real-time display of their energy use but weren’t as keen to utilise the software and understand their energy consumption patterns.