The main objective of the EnerGAware project is to decrease energy consumption and emissions in an affordable housing pilot and increase the affordable housing tenants’ understanding and engagement in energy efficiency. The project will develop and test, in 100 affordable homes, a serious game called "Energy Cat: the House of Tomorrow” that will be linked to the actual energy consumption (smart meter data) of the game user’s home and embedded in social media and networking tools.
The EnerGAware solution will provide an innovative IT ecosystem in which users can play to learn about the potential energy savings from installing energy-efficiency measures and changing user behaviour. The user will need to learn to balance the energy consumption, comfort and financial cost of their actions. Energy savings achieved both virtually in the game, calculated by building performance simulation, and in reality, in the users’ actual homes, measured through smart meter data, will enable progression in the serious game.
The social media features will provide users a platform to share data of their achievements, compete with each other, give energy advice, as well as, join together to form virtual energy communities.
The EnerGAware solution will be developed and deployed with the ‘cleanweb’ philosophy in mind: “Capital light, Quick to market and Quick to scale”, therefore the project will aim to go beyond just testing in an affordable housing pilot, but will seek commercial exploitation of the solution at the end of the project, through our industrial partners, in particular EDF Energy, a global energy provider, with 38 million European energy customers.
Expected impacts delivered by the EnerGAware project are:
- Systemic energy consumption and production and emissions reduction
- Accelerate wide deployment of innovative ICT solutions for energy efficiency
- Greater consumer understanding and engagement in energy efficiency
- Reduction in fuel poverty/percentage of household income spent on energy bills
- Increase of the IT-literacy of affordable housing tenants
- Increase of the empowerment and e-inclusion of affordable housing tenants
The project is funded by the European Union and is part of the Horizon2020 programme.