Measuring and Evaluating Time- and Energy-use Relationships

(METER)


METER is a national research project to understand what we use electricity for. Become part of an exciting national research project. Find out more here.



Research background

What we know about electricity use in the UK

Does your fridge use more electricity than your washing machine? What activity is most energy demanding? Find out some surprising facts and some sobering ones...



Research background

The shape of UK electricity use

Why is peak demand such a problem? Read more about how the profile of electricity use has changed over the years.


Partners

eci METER is hosted by the Environmental Change InstituteUniversity of Oxford, where it forms part of the Oxford Networks for the Environment (ONE) and Oxford Energy.

BEIS
Harrison Michael
Smart Meters & Systems, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy



national-grid

Russell Fowler
Power Demand Manager, National Grid

UKERC

Jim Watson
Research Director, UKERC


demand
Jacopo Torriti
Associate Professor, University of Reading

pilio
Catherine Bottrill
CEO, Pilio


moixa
Chris Wright
CTO, Moixa Technology




Lewis Knight
Bioregional


linkoeping
Kajsa Ellegård
Professor, Linköping University



EPSRC

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under the Early Career Fellowship scheme. Ref. EP/M024652/1.


Updates

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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.



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 Münster 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.

Read updates
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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