Be part of a Living Lab research project!

Energise Sussex Coast is looking for local residents to take part in the ENERGISE Living Lab research project. Participants will join thousands of other citizens across the UK to be supported to cut the amount of energy they use in the home.

As well as saving money on your bill and cutting your carbon emissions, all participants will receive a fortnightly fruit and veg box for the duration of the 8 week Living Lab as a thank you.

Kate Meakin from Energise Sussex Coast says “If you’ve been looking for a way to tackle your high energy bills then this is a great way to get motivated and be part of a community all trying to do the same thing.”

The project will start by collecting data about your current energy use. Households will then work with the researchers at Kingston University, supported by local Energy Co-op Energise Sussex Coast, to try and reduce the amount of energy they use in the home. The researchers aim to discover not just how much energy we use, but why we use the amount we do, and what is the cultural change we need to live more sustainably.

To register your interest or find out more information email

The ENERGISE Living Lab research project is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 727642.

Read more here. – for more information on the ENERGISE Living Labs

Extra Information

Who is involved with the project?
Kingston University are leading the research project.
Energise Sussex Coast are the local partner to help with recruitment and support the project and local participants.
Energise is the name of the European network for research, good practice and innovation for sustainable energy.

What is a Living Lab?
Living Labs are made up of householders in a particular area all taking part in a real life research project, and your home is the lab!

When does the ENERGISE project take place?
A researcher will visit participant homes to collect information about participant energy use. (July – Sept)
– The Living Lab is active! Participants will take energy saving measures and have regular conversations with the researchers (Oct-Nov)
– A researcher will visit to find out how the Living Lab went and to collect information about participant energy use.

What is the aim of the Energise Project
ENERGISE recognises that cultural change is a key ingredient in successful energy transitions. Individual energy consumption is a function of who we are, where we come from, and the socio-cultural and material contexts in which we live. Societal norms and routines with regard to work, education, family life, consumption and recreation greatly determine our patterns of energy use as well as our ability and/or willingness to change those patterns. Without a comprehensive understanding of these energy cultures, public policy measures to reduce energy consumption at the individual or household levels are likely to fail.