Thank you for submitting your feedback
24 March 2023 Martin Higgs, Communications Officer
An innovative scheme to train students to carry out energy audits at the homes of university staff throughout the Country, has been coordinated by the University of Worcester.
Since July 2021, Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS-UK) has been running Homes Fit for Study (HFFS), a project which aims to improve the energy literacy of students, helping alleviate their exposure to energy poverty.
Now the scheme is being extended so that students can be trained to carry out home energy audits for staff members at UK universities who may also be experiencing difficulties.
Under the scheme, staff would register to have their home audited by a trained student, who will receive a bursary payment, and then be provided with tailored energy saving advice. Staff can register their interest online. As part of the scheme, Worcester Bosch will review the staff member’s boiler set points and controls and can offer technical advice about how to maximise use while reducing energy consumption. All boiler makes are welcome.
SOS-UK has worked with National Energy Action (NEA) to develop the auditor training and home energy audits and all auditor training sessions are co-delivered by NEA.
The University of Worcester suggested this pilot following the success of its Energize Worcester project, which, working in partnership with Worcester Students’ Union and Worcester Bosch, looked at boiler use in student properties and implemented behaviour change.
Katy Boom, Director of Sustainability at the University of Worcester, said: “We are delighted the university sector has seen the value in this innovative project that will partner students and staff to help reduce energy usage. This is an excellent way for students to learn more about energy, while getting paid to provide valuable advice to staff. It’s a win-win all round.”
The initiative is being funded by TEC (The Energy Consortium) and AUDE (the Association of University Directors of Estates).
Steve Creighton, Head of Member Services at TEC, said: “Behavioural change is a key component to the lengths we all need to go to in supporting the road to ‘Net Zero’, this initiative will provide valuable support in helping staff and students to reduce their energy costs whilst broadening awareness of the changes we all need to make.”
Jane White, Executive Director at AUDE, added: “The greater the level of understanding and interest in issues around climate change and energy use that our staff and students show, the better equipped we will all be to make the right long-term choices for all of us. It’s in that spirit, of knowledge sharing, that AUDE is so very pleased to provide development funding for this initiative. We wish all involved well and will be very interested to hear how this project develops.”
|Be first to comment on this article, and it will also start a new thread in the discussion board to encourage members to join in the conversation|
|There are no document attached to this post.|
|There are no document attached to this post.|
When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalised web experience.
Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Look at the cookies we use below to help you make an informed decision. However, blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer.
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information
Microsoft - ASP.NET_SessionId – keeps you logged in for a set period of time, so that you don’t have to keep logging in
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance
Please Wait. Loading...