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Household indicators for developing innovative feedback technologies
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology. (MERO)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5277-4567
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4589-7045
Research Group of Pervasive Computing Systems (TecO), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology .
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2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Numerous studies have shown that households' consumption is an important part of the total energy consumed in different countries. However, there is very little work done on finding appropriate strategies of giving households' effective feedback on their energy consumption. This study analyzes several indicators that could be considered before analyzing residential overall energy consumption and providing information, feedback, or developing demand-response measures. A questionnaire sent out to 2000 households having 33% response rate shows that the total households' income and characteristics, occupants' age and users' energy attitudes and interest are the key components designing relevant energy information strategies

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2011. p. Article number 6162715-
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-14863DOI: 10.1109/ISGTEurope.2011.6162715ISI: 000407001900104Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84860712623ISBN: 9781457714214 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-14863DiVA, id: diva2:536628
Conference
Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT Europe). 2011 2nd IEEE PES International Conference and Exhibition on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies, ISGT Europe 2011
Available from: 2012-06-23 Created: 2012-06-23 Last updated: 2018-08-10Bibliographically approved
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1. Characterization of household energy consumption in Sweden: energy savings potential and feedback approaches
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2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Energy consumption is on a constant rise with domestic use contributing substantially to the overall consumption. The population growth along with ever increasing comfort levels and daily appliance usage are driving the domestic electricity demand to higher levels. Targeting domestic consumption is thus of great importance if global consumption is to be lowered. This involves understanding and changing consumers’ behaviour, awareness and increasing their knowledge on the subject of energy use.

In this thesis various factors determining household energy consumption such as dwelling size, income and number of occupants have been found alongside consumer behaviour to influence consumption the most.

Energy awareness, related interest and knowledge have also been considered when trying to explain differences in household consumption patterns.

Despite all possible characteristics and factors, the largest differences in energy consumption are found between individual households.

Providing feedback and information to households has been proven effective when addressing the issue of reducing domestic energy use. In this thesis, the effectiveness of three of the most popular ways of currently delivering feedback and information on energy consumption (displays, websites and bills) have been investigated by analyzing consumption patterns before and after their implementation. Consumers living in apartments that followed their consumption through the web based feedback were the ones that achieved the greatest electricity reductions (17,5%) when compared to the years before the website.

In order to provide effective feedback, with long lasting results that would keep consumers interested, several parameters have been proposed to be included when developing feedback and information. The type of dwelling (house or apartment), the age of the occupants, their level of education, income and their energy awareness and interest are the main determinants of feedback preferences.

The findings presented in this thesis contribute to a better understanding of households’ energy consumption patterns closely related to their characteristics, behaviour, interest and awareness, and also provide ways of improving the development of consumption feedback and information.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mälardalen University, 2012
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 129
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Energy- and Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-14865 (URN)978-91-7485-077-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-09-12, Lambda, Mälardalens högskola, Västerås, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2012-06-25 Created: 2012-06-23 Last updated: 2013-12-04Bibliographically approved

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