UCC are one of 4 universities in Ireland participating in the Union of Students in Ireland “Students Achieving Valuable Energy Savings 2” (SAVES2) programme. The programme is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 scheme and is being run in 14 universities across 8 countries.
SAVES2 will catalyse sustainable energy behaviours among students to help them reduce their exposure to fuel poverty. It incorporates two strands that engage with students living in university accommodation (Student Switch Off) and in the private-rented sector (SAVES).
The Switch-Off strand of the programme will identify and train student ambassadors in university accommodation, who will encourage their peers, through competitions and incentives, to save energy. Feedback on energy consumption will be provided to participating students.
The private-rented sector engagement work (SAVES) aims to enable students to make better informed decisions at the point at which they are selecting a rental property – thereby routing purchase decisions towards higher efficiency properties. SAVES2 will incorporate national-level partnerships with smart meter delivery agencies to develop student-focused communication materials highlighting the benefits of smart meters. It will provide ongoing advice and support to students via energy-efficiency and bill management training, peer-to-peer advice sharing via video blogs and regular e-mail and social media communications.
For more information on the USI SAVES2 programme visit the USI website at http://usi.ie/news-release/usi-launches-energy-saving-push/
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