How it works

How it works

Your pack

As a participant you will receive a parcel with an electricity recorder and one activity recorder for each member of your family above the age of eight.

attach the eMeter

Electricity recorder

The electricity recorder can easily be fitted under your mains electricity meter. It automatically takes recordings on the day - you don't need to do anything.

activity recorder

Activity Recorder

The activity recorder is an easy and fun way to record what you are doing and how much you enjoy it.

You only have to do this for just over one day (from 5pm until 9pm the next day). Then you simply return the recorders in a prepaid envelope. That’s it.


Your profile

We will email you your personal profile. You can see when you used most electricity during the day and what you where doing at the time - and how much you enjoyed it.

We use profiles from hundreds of participants to gain valuable insights into the timing and distribution of electricity use in the UK.

Your chance to win


(*) Terms and conditions

  • You must register here before 31 December 2017 in order to be entered into the draw
  • The prize will be a cash amount paid via BACS and is based on the value of your electricity bill for the past twelve months from the date of notification (excluding any charges related to non-supply).
  • In order to claim your prize you must provide an electricity bill in your name and supplying the domestic address you registered for this study.
  • You must provide a UK bank account in your name in order to claim the prize
  • University of Oxford staff are excluded from entering the competition
  • The maximum amount that can be won is strictly limited to £1000 regardless of the total value of your bill
  • The University of Oxford reserve the right to withdraw the competition at no notice and alter the terms

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and you could win a year's free electricity (*)