Faculty Advisor

Smith, Ruth L.


This project partnered with the University of Worcester to examine the possible social implications and effects of implementing smart heating controls in student-rented houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). Through the use of surveys, our team evaluated student attitudes towards sustainability as well as the potential acceptance and effectiveness that smart heating controls could have in student off-campus housing. Our survey results identified three areas that may complicate the implementation of smart heating controls: insufficient levels of student motivation to improve energy efficiency, the apparent absence of fuel poverty in the population studied, and concerns regarding privacy. We recommend that students be educated on energy expenditure and sustainable practices.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2017

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts