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Quantifying pre-intervention behaviours of students living in dormitory buildings (SAVES project)

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The Student Switch Off  (SSO) campaign is an inter-dormitory energy-saving competition that has been running in the United Kingdom since 2006, and has been adapted to run in Lithuania, Greece, Sweden and Cyprus over the academic years 2014-15 and 2015-16; it aims to reach up to 49,942 students in total over the two years. The campaign is then meant to run on a self-funded basis in subsequent years.


The SAVES project is an EU funded project that brings together the SSO campaign in seventeen different dormitory providers housing 29,870 students across five European countries: Sweden, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Greece and Lithuania. 


Through a series of engagement activities and instruments students are enabled, empowered and motivated to save energy in their dormitories by adopting specific actions such as switching off appliances when not in use. 


This report mainly presents an overview of the Student Switch Off evaluation methodology and the findings of the baseline questionnaire survey analysis in the second year of the campaign. The main evaluation period for this report is academic year 2015-2016. The corresponding report for the first year of the campaign (academic year 2014-2015) can be found here.