Householder engagement with energy consumption feedback: the role of community action and communications

Burchell, K., Rettie, R. and Roberts, T.C. 2016. Householder engagement with energy consumption feedback: the role of community action and communications. Energy Policy. 88, pp. 178-186. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2015.10.019

TitleHouseholder engagement with energy consumption feedback: the role of community action and communications
AuthorsBurchell, K., Rettie, R. and Roberts, T.C.
Abstract

The provision of energy consumption feedback on in-home displays (IHDs) has a prominent role in government strategies for domestic energy demand reduction. Research suggests that IHDs can support energy consumption reduction, but also that engagement with IHDs can be limited to men and is often short-term. In this paper, we draw on research carried out in Smart Communities, a two-year project in which electricity and gas consumption feedback played a key role. This study was distinctive because it was accompanied by a weekly email communications programme and was provided within the context of community action. Project findings suggest that, although by no means panaceas, approaches such as these can support long-term engagement with energy consumption feedback, including by women, and can support behaviour change.

KeywordsEnergy consumption feedback; community action; long-term engagement; behaviour change; gender.
JournalEnergy Policy
Journal citation88, pp. 178-186
ISSN0301-4215
Year2016
PublisherElsevier
Accepted author manuscriptburchell et al JEPO-D-15-00254 main paper V3.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2015.10.019
Publication dates
Published in printJan 2016
Published28 Oct 2015
LicenseCC BY-NC-ND 4.0

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