The METER project

METER is a research project at the University of Oxford. The research is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under grant EP/M024652/1.

The project is led by Dr Phil Grunewald at the Environmental Change Institute.

Research Aims

We seek to better understand energy use patterns. By 'energy use' we don't mean kilo-watt-hours, but the energy service, i.e. what energy does for us. We therefore collect activity data alongside energy data. From this we can learn how changes in activity patterns result in higher or lower energy demand.

Research questions include:

  • Which activity patterns can explain high or low demand, especially during peak demand?
  • Which activity patterns are potentially flexible?
  • Can changes in activity patterns result in meaningful contributions towards a zero-carbon energy system?

During the COVID-19 lockdown, we see unprecedented changes to activities and energy use. Social distancing, reduced travel, home working and other changes to our typical daily rhythms reveal important insights into relationship between activities, energy and environmental impact.

How it works

1) Survey

The survey goes over some general questions about your household (takes about 3 minutes).


2) Get the JoyMeter app

Download the JoyMeter app to record activities

activity recorder

3) Record your activities

For example: to record having a cup of tea, you select: Home - Food/Drink - Hot drink. Simple.

A few tips

1) We recommend you stick with it for one day - more is always welcome, but don't let it be a burden

2) You can report as much or as little as you like. Aim to report about 25 activities, including meals, travel and housework

3) It is much harder to record retrospectively. Best to do it at the time.

4) Don't worry whether it is a typical day - every day counts

Using the app

Under MENU, please register for the study. It's quick and helps us analyse your data.

Play around to find out where things are. You can always go BACK or HOME

To make changes to an activity, tap it, then rename it or change the time.

Optionally, the end of an activity can be recorded with "END"

If you feel an activity is missing, create your own.
My custom List - Create new - write your own (e.g. Knitting) - and assign it to a custom button for future use