School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham
A group of 25 students from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (University of Birmingham) recently undertook independent research projects in order to investigate the energy consumption patterns of the residential and business sector, including 10 households, 5 University buildings, 2 local environmental associations and 3 businesses (2 hospices and 1 spirit company) during November and December 2012. The projects were organised as part of the 3rd level undergraduate module ‘Geographies of Energy and Capitalism’ and were closely related to the Higher Education Academy funded InTreAct project (INvesTigating REsidential and business energy consumption via student-led ACTion research).
As part of their research, the students assessed the factors that influence the participants’ energy consumption behaviours, and examined which energy efficiency and conservation measures could lead to their reduction. Upon completing their projects, all students provided reports for their clients with the findings of their analyses. The students received positive feedback from their clients, who noted that even the arrival of the students to their premises has already made them think about the possible energy improvements that they need to make.