What is

The focus of Energysense is the household because energy is crucial to our homelife: energy contributes to our comfort, convenience and communication needs at home. The household is where we consume energy –and for some of us, where we store and produce energy. Energy use at home is shaped by our behaviour and by a host of other factors, such as how housing is built, the costs of energy and how energy is delivered. Energysense collects data on all these aspects, so that we can get a full picture of what drives energy use and so that we can increase insights, savings and efficiency when it comes to energy. Energysense provides the sophisticated physical and organisational structure necessary for complex data collection about all these different aspects. Given that about 20% of direct energy consumption takes place at the household level, Enerysense can really make a difference.




Energysense connects households, research and innovation. Energysense collects data on energy use, attitude and behavior with 10 000 households in the Netherlands.



Co-creation is a principle

The relationship between Energysense and households is crucial for this project. Co-creation has been a principle of the project since its earliest stages. From the start of Energysense, we have been in dialogue with researchers and households to discuss research themes, and the kinds of interaction and feedback that are desirable.



Energysense is committed to research, innovation and engagement—three strands of the project that reinforce each other.



Organisation and Processes

Energysense is a project of the Energy Academy Europe that is carried out by the University of Groningen. Energysense has a project team, a Scientific Board and a Board of Directors. The team is hosted by the Energy Academy Europe. The unique combination of data about energy use, behaviour and living environment makes Energysense especially valuable. Researchers from the University of Groningen and from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences have helped shape the project. Researchers from all over the world can make use of Energysense, once their proposals have been reviewed and approved by Energysense.

Energysense works with the Center for Information Technology of the University of Groningen to build a safe and efficient data infrastructure. Data collection and questionnaires are developed in collaboration with partners and with the Scientific Board.


Energysense seeks to facilitate research, innovation and engagement, and does not have commercial aims.