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EcoTrip Heating Control Field Trial

28 Aug 2012
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Where: K501 / Online
Times: 12.30 -14.00 [GMT+1 / BST] (12:00 for lunch)


Corrour Concepts have developed an energy use reduction device called “Eco-trip” which is a timer and thermostat that switches off a heating, ventilating or cooling system for a specified period of time. Its simple easy-to use and understand design is supposed to supplement existing domestic central heating controls a prototype had been produced and theoretical studies carried out by ESRU at the University of Strathclyde.

Glasgow Caledonian University was commissioned to undertake a feasibility study of the device by domestic users. The field study was carried out in conjunction with West of Scotland Housing Association and assessed the use of the device in 6 Cumbernauld homes that had been recently upgraded with gas central heating systems, and 6 homes without the device which had also undergone the heating upgrade.

Various measurement parameters were undertaken with a data logger installed at the inception of the trial to assess actual usage of Eco-trip by the residents, temperature and humidity readings were captured by Tiny Tag data loggers, and Gas and Electricity readings were gathered for households over the duration of the project. Householder surveys were carried out to understand the type of energy use and socio-demographic and lifestyle variations within the trial participants.

This study was beset with delays with the installation and original running times of the trial and finally ran from the end of March until May which was not the optimal period* for the assessment (*December to February); however, it was clear that in a small sample size the device was used by at least 2 of the 6 properties, with one of the installations, which would make a saving of 8 hours over a 14 day period.

The field trial shows no significant difference in gas or electricity usage between the control households and those with Eco-trip installed and that there is a spectrum of energy use by the householders in the survey, with no obvious trends evident, such as more use by elderly participants. However the experience of the householders of their homes with new heating systems was entirely positive and may have skewed any benefits, actual or perceived by the installation of the energy saving device “Eco-trip”.

In the webinar, we will discuss the field trial set up and monitoring and survey process with an overview of the results, energy savings and application of the device by householders and a discussion about how the assessment process could be improved for more rigorous assessment of a wider field trial of these devices.


Dr Charles Russell
Glasgow Caledonian University

Paul Winson
Corrour Concepts

Gordon Dowie
West of Scotland Housing Association


There are two ways to attend this event.  Online, or in person

All CIC Start Online members will be invited to attend the online webinar and will receive an email with the meeting link. This will provide a live video feed, presentation and chat area - with the opportunity to contribute to the discussion using the Q&A facility.

Online attendance is free of charge to CIC Start Online members.  Please register as a member here


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You can also attend the seminar in person.

A buffet lunch will be provided before the event, providing opportunities for networking with fellow delegates and the seminar speakers.   Lunch and registration starts at 12:00, with the seminar commencing at 12:30.

If you wish to attend the seminar in person, please complete the registration form below.

The price is £70 per delegate (£50 for CIC Start Online members).


The seminar fee may be 50% funded by Skills Development Scotland if the business employs less than 250 people and meets Skills Development Scotland's criteria.  After booking the course, please contact or call 0300 456 8731.



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