Invitation to participate

Clothing and comfort: during the pandemic and beyond

First the pandemic, now the cost-of-energy crisis. How do you keep warm over winter? 

With higher energy prices this winter, will it affect how you keep warm? As we head into the heating season, I am conducting a study to take stock of how people in the UK kept warm over the last couple of winters and any changes already evident during a period when many people spent more time at home.

Wrapped up with a warm drink

The Survey

Because of the guidance to stay at home and work from home where possible, many people spent more time at home over the last couple of winters. But research suggests there was no great increase in the energy used for heating. So how did people manage to keep warm at home over the last couple of years? 

Please consider taking this survey to share your experiences. It asks how you dressed, how you used the heating and what else you did to keep warm at home during the last couple of years and if there were any changes during this time.

You should be 18 or over and have been resident in the UK over the past two years. It should take 10-20 minutes to complete.

Interviews

Have you worked from home over the past couple of years? What was that like over the winter? What did you wear? How did you keep warm? Did the option to dress ‘more comfortably’ help? Will you continue to work from home over the coming winter, and what will energy prices mean for you? 

If you are over 18 years old, are resident in the UK, and have worked from home at least some of the time over the last winter, we would like to speak to you. If you might consider taking part in an online interview, please read the information sheet. Then either:

Thank you

Thank you for considering taking part in this research. Your participation would help improve knowledge of current ways of keeping warm at home, and how that might change as we go into the winter energy crisis. It will also provide insight to policy makers about the ongoing implications of working from home for energy use and how this ties into the challenges of achieving the UK’s carbon reduction targets.

This study is part of a research project being conducted at Lancaster University, in collaboration with University College London and the University of Sussex, and is part of the Centre for Research in Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS).