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The impact of consumers' feedback preferences on domestic electricity consumption
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology. (MERO)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5277-4567
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering. (MERO)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5480-0167
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering. (MERO)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4589-7045
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering. (MERO)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7233-6916
2012 (English)In: Applied Energy, ISSN 0306-2619, E-ISSN 1872-9118, Vol. 93, no SI, p. 575-582Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite all initiatives introduced for maximizing energy savings domestic energy consumption is in constant increase. However, very little investigation has been carried out on the integration of household' consumption trends, the parameters influencing them and the characteristics of the provided feedback. 2000 Swedish households were included in this study. Electricity consumption data for apartments and houses has been analyzed for a 4 year period as well as possible household socio-economic factors affecting it. The data has been further compared to other households located in different cities in Sweden. The effects of the different ways of presenting feedback used for the different households groups have also been evaluated. From the results obtained from the questionnaire used, several households' characteristics were proposed together with consumers' preferences to be considered during the development of feedback. Web based feedback resulted in being the most effective (when compared to display and bills), achieving electricity savings of approximately 15% within households that visited the web-site. The monthly income is amongst the most influential factors determining electricity consumption although only in high and low income groups

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 93, no SI, p. 575-582
National Category
Engineering and Technology Energy Engineering
Research subject
Energy- and Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-14864DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2011.12.067ISI: 000302836500068Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84857995866OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-14864DiVA, id: diva2:536629
Available from: 2012-06-23 Created: 2012-06-23 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
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1. Characterization of household energy consumption in Sweden: energy savings potential and feedback approaches
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Characterization of household energy consumption in Sweden: energy savings potential and feedback approaches
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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