This intriguing looking gadget was the basis for a study just published by the Environmental Psychology Research Group in Energy Policy (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421513007337).
With colleagues in the Centre for Communications Systems Research, they conducted a 16-week field trial, measuring electricity use at desks and providing individual feedback to workers at the desks. The headline findings were that a surprising amount of electricity is wasted by PCs being left on in the evenings and over the weekend, that individual feedback can help people use less power at their desks but that most people in the study needed more than feedback to provide positive goals to save energy. The study will be used to make recommendations to Estates and Facilities to help in their sterling work on making the University more sustainable (and more cost-effective to run) and casts light on the mixed findings from the many studies in the literature on saving energy in the home.
Centre for Communications Systems Research http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ccsr/about/index.htm
Estates and Facilities http://portal.surrey.ac.uk/portal/page?_pageid=1638,1465039&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL)
With thanks to Dr Niamh Murtagh