Background to the programme
CEDER has created this consumption monitoring tool in the form of a spreadsheet to provide the public with a complementary tool which hasn't been developed by energy suppliers. The difficulty for households trying to anticipate and evaluate their energy consumption represents a major problem in the treatment of energy poverty. Regular and accessible monitoring of consumption is not always easy to carry out.
Objectives of the programme
- To make use of IT initiation workshops to raise awareness of the theme of energy consumption amongst the public.
- Make a tool available to households which better manages their energy consumption.
CEDER makes use of the IT initiation workshops organsied by the Household Department at Orange by stepping in to propose to the participants that they learn to create a spreadsheet to monitor electricity consumption. A project manager at CEDER intervenes on the theme of energy in partnership with the IT workshop leader of the household department. Therefore they seize the moment to make the participants aware of the different measures of consumption and the possibility of controlling their consumption and making savings.
Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions
- Minimum of 2 workshops per year since 2010. Between 2010 and 2011, 3 workshops to make 13 people aware. The initiative has been stopped after 2011 as there were no longer any enrolments for the IT workshops.
- Evaluation form filled in by the participants at the end of the workshop:
° Workshop judged to be "very interesting" and "quite practical".
° Understanding of the tool and its usage.
° Better understanding of the measures of energy consumption.
This program is interesting as it allows the association to go and meet the public with a pro-active approach. By using the IT initiation workshops, the trainers make use of a moment when they have the participants' attention. It allows them to raise awareness in a more efficient way and to demonstrate the monitoring tool.
Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme
- Finances: ADEME, PACA Region, General Council of Vaucluse.
- Cyberbase of the Orange Households Department.
Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :
- To create a simple monitoring tool so that it can be understood and used by people who have poor IT skills.
- Monitoring: one off initiatives for people who don't frequent EIE, therefore monitoring and evaluating is difficult to put in place.
Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :
Partnership work: the presence of an IT trainer has enabled solutions to be provided on the creation and training of the tool.
Suggestions for future improvement :
- To expand the use of the tool to other energies.
- To carry out monitoring: very few sponsors agree to finance advanced monitoring therefore its difficult to make use of the time. Also an employee to dedicate themselves to this initiative.
- To combine this initiative with the Positive Energy Family Challenge in order to have a better follow up.
Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :
- A large target population which enables people concerned by the problem to be reached who CEDER would not necessarily be in contact with: for several years, CEDER has stopped organising workshops by themselves and only does them in partnership with others in order to act as part of an interdisciplinary approach. Example: partnership with CCAS to intervene in a fashion workshop ( "Fashion with thermal comfort") in which the participants learnt to make a "door draft stopper" to reduce heat loss. This position is based on the principle that energy interests everybody but it's a theme that isn't very attractive as it too technical.
- It's useful to work with a professional IT trainer who has the language and the pedagogy to create and communicate this type of tool.