Waste Not, Want Not: How Utilities Can Help Consumers Save Energy

Papyrakis, Elissaios (2012) Waste Not, Want Not: How Utilities Can Help Consumers Save Energy. Consilience, 7 (1). pp. 1-16.

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Abstract

Energy consumption by households plays an important part in the creation of greenhouse gasses and thus contributes to climate change. Decreasing this consumption can thus help to reduce emissions. In this article, we look at means to assist consumers in controlling their energy use, by giving them customized feedback on their electricity meter readouts. During a one-month test, customers of Dutch energy utility Greenchoice could upload their electricity meter readouts and receive information to monitor their consumption. Feedback on consumption is thought to stimulate consumers to use less energy. The results of the experiment support this theory, as participating customers consumed 6-7 percentage points less electricity compared to non-participants.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Elissaios Papyrakis
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2012 11:57
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 00:50
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/37246
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