We are researchers from the University of Surrey working on a project exploring domestic renewable energy use. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council www.esrc.ac.uk/
We are looking for participants who live in the southeast and southwest of England (particularly in the areas surrounding Plymouth, Cheltenham and Guildford) who would be willing to take part in the project.
The “Using solar generated energy to meet energy demands of the home” project seeks to advance our understanding of the use of energy in households and how use alters with changes in practice, supply and energy policy. This study aims to explore the complex nature of domestic energy use by talking to households about the way in which they use energy in their homes. It is a small scale study involving 30 households in England.
To take part in the project you need to:
- Be a homeowner
- Have a renewable energy technology installation in your home. In most cases this is likely to be solar PV or a solar water heater, however we are also interested to hear from those with other technologies such as ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, or biomass.
Your participation will consist of:
- One short phone call by a researcher to explain the nature of the project and to confirm your eligibility.
- Two forms that will be emailed to you. One page is a consent form for you to sign to agree to participate in the study. The second page is a series of short questions to briefly outline the type of energy supply system you have in your home.
- One interview that will be conducted in your home. This interview will involve showing the researchers around your home and answering questions in different rooms. The interview will last a maximum of 1.5 hours. Your permission will be sought prior to commencing the home tour. You are able to exclude certain areas of your home.
In return for your time and inconvenience you will be paid £25 at the end of the study.
If you would like to be considered to take part in the study, or find out more information please either comment on this post, or send a personal message on the site.