I enjoyed filming and editing this short film which highlights the work of doctoral research student and producer Nicolette Fox who is looking at ‘pro-using’ - producing and using - renewable energy in UK households.
Her research particularly focuses on how pro-using impacts on day to day routines in householdsthat rely on pre-payment electricity meters using qualitative research to follow the solar journeys over four seasons of seven households vulnerable to fuel poverty.
Findings of the study indicate that social housing tenants, given solar PV panels by their landlord, became more engaged with energy and reduced their vulnerability to fuel poverty. They drew on a range of different strategies to use the free energy and reduce demand for power - in effect turning them into pro-users and a number into ‘pro-user savers’. The strategies deployed by the pro-user savers crossed DECC’s three areas of demand-side activity: energy reduction, energy response and distributed energy and could potentially help with the need to reduce peak demand in a transition to a low carbon energy system.